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!!!!!