Starting the Happy Dance

…because the end of the school year is almost here. YEAH! Only 3 1/2 days next week with students, and then two teacher work days the week after that! These ten hour days have been killing me!

And then I get to go undercover as a mole. I’ve been invited to a conference. One sponsored by the Gates Foundation. Yeah, Bill & Melinda Gates’s gig. Big proponent of Common Core.

FWIW, Common Core isn’t the subversive indoctrination people make it out to be. People get up in arms about the stupid way it teaches math. They keep showing a technique that is only presented in one or two lessons, but making it sound like the whole effin’ year is teaching stupid ways to do math. Or they show a TEACHER-created worksheet that supposedly is Common Core mandated. Uh, no. Usually, those ‘worksheets’ teach a sound educational principle, such as cause and effect or main idea. The subject matter may be politically biased, but the component being taught isn’t. Basically…Common Core is just a curriculum, dressed up and shifted around to be presented in a new way.

All the people who argue with me about it (those who have NEVER been a teacher), won’t go look at the Common Core standards (available for free online, lol!!!) and then tell me what is subversive about it.

Yes, there are things in the educational system that SUCK!! Standardized testing as the be-all to end-all is one such item. But I get tired of being told I’m a subversive agent for wanting to work with kids. Not everyone has the means or capacity to homeschool or send kids to private schools, sunshine. And I do make sure my politics don’t come into my classroom. Some teachers can’t say that, but I can’t do that and still call myself a teacher. I should open minds, not shut them off.

But it’s almost over for this year!!!!!

4 Responses to “Starting the Happy Dance”

  1. Rita Says:

    I’m glad you spoke about your insight into Common Core. I’m always a bit skeptical when I see some of those examples of common core. I asked my niece (who is in education) about it early on. She’s very liberal, so although I trust her judgment, I wasn’t all together sold.

    It’s one of those issues that I know that I don’t know enough about to take a stand one way or another. Good to hear your views since that is your expertise.

  2. Mrs. Who Says:

    Rita: The people who are twisting the Common Core curriculum would twist ANY curriculum to their ideology. I’ve given up trying to explain anything to the die-hard anti-CC folks. Seriously…those folks should go look up the standards (here, I’ll save them the google search: http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/). Yes, those standards could be applied to a study of ‘Mein Kampf’…and also to the Bible. Both conservatives and liberals could make their own worksheets or textbooks using the exact same standards. Hell, ‘Abeka’ doesn’t use Common Core, but their textbooks are anti-Catholic and anti-Semitic.

    Personally, I don’t think we HAVE to have a national curriculum, because I believe the individual states should decide. However, society is much more mobile these days, and kids can move from place to place. Different education standards in different areas can make it hard for those kids. I really don’t have a problem with a national standard…as long as the states can decide HOW to teach those standards and WITH what textbooks they choose.

    The standards are pretty much a developmental staircase, anyway (whether CC or not). You can’t teach a kid citations on an essay until they have learned how to connect paragraphs. And they can’t learn to write paragraphs until they’ve learned sentence structure. And they can’t learn sentence structure until they’ve learned parts of speech…and so forth and so on. Definitely the same with math.

    Common Core isn’t ‘evil’. It’s who’s doing the teaching that is the problem. Just like gun ownership…guns aren’t bad, but some people who use them are.

  3. pam Says:

    YAY! So happy for you! Have fun being a mole. ;)

    I’m also glad you’ve commented on CC… because I’ve read some very unsettling things about it…

  4. lemonstand Says:

    You are SOOOOO lucky, our youngest daughter won’t be out of school until Still. I’m VERY happy for you!

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