August 13th, 2013

WATCH: Common Core State Standards: Part 1 - Teaching

Standards only describe what students should know by the end of each grade level. How these standards are taught–what happens in the classroom–is the curriculum, and that is the responsibility of states and school districts. In this segment we see how teaching has changed in two 8th grade classes that have adopted the “Common Core.” We also examine the federal government’s role in this reform effort.

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Watch Part 2: Testing the “Common Core.” Will the new tests assess all the standards? What happens if they don’t?


This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Tietz Family Foundation.


CCLISTEN: John King, Commissioner of Education for New York State

John King talks about the Common Core State Standards, teaching to the test and why he believes the Tea Party, which opposes the Common Core, has it wrong.

CCWATCH: What Are Kids Reading?

In this report from 2012, we look further into the changes that the Common Core has imposed on reading instruction and curriculum.

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There are many reasons to oppose the CC. First, the CC with all it’s ambitious pursuits does not address the fundamental flaw in MOST schools and ed schools. This flaw is so subtle that many don’t even know it exists. The flaw is the paradigm which dominates school instruction in EVERY county. Rich or poor neighborhoods this flaw dominates. What is it? Constructivism. Most if not all popular curricula are designed with constructivist tenants. It’s a waste of time and the reason so many people are homeschooling. Most parents are not even aware this exists, because most schools cloak this type of teaching as “progressive”, “21st Century skills”, no more “drill and kill”. The CC is doomed for failure because teachers will align it with their constructivist methods. Here are some constructivist curricula: Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Workshop, Balanced Literacy, EveryDay Math, Terc Investigations, Basal Readers, Envision Math… The list goes on and on. This curricula is JUNK and teachers are forced to use it.

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