The shift toward Constructivism means a shift away from old-fashioned teaching. As the article below explains, a facilitator is supposed to be a lot more passive and stay out of the way.
As a traditionalist, I suspect this is not going to turn out well. My hope would be for teachers to be more well-prepared than in the recent past, and then let loose to do a great job.
Ed schools used to tell teachers to teach differently to each student. Common Core is going to require that teachers do exactly the opposite of that. A teacher in Delaware sent me a note saying that teaching was no longer any fun, because she couldn't be flexible and creative.
Another part of the back story is that for 75 years the Education Establishment has tried to delete as much content as possible. Well, what better way to restrict the amount of knowledge transmitted in the school than to prevent teachers from teaching?
Here's another interesting question: are teachers going to be able to work around all these new rules? Or will Common Core succeed in standardizing and scripting everything?
Many states are trying to back out of Common Core, or at least renegotiate the deal. So it seems a good time for teachers to debate how much they really want education bureaucrats telling them what to do.
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