It’s always interesting to see the political point of view that is so often applied to educational policy. It’s something that happens from both sides of the political spectrum. This morning I’m sharing a link (click here) to an article that details some of the history and controversy over the Common Core of State Standards that erupted during the June 12 meeting of the SC Board of Education.
I don’t object to the use of the CCSS in our state and district. I think these standards are comprehensive and rigorous. Implementation will be helpful in establishing local curriculum that prepares our students for life after high school. I am cautious, however, about the type and level of testing imposed to measure student progress in meeting the standards.
As I read the standards, I cannot understand some of the controversy. Especially the speaker who says the introduction of the CCSS “would lead to desks that gather students’ emotional reactions to lessons, retinal scanning and massive data-mining expeditions feeding a government supercomputer.”
Our SC Superintendent likes to refer to the CCSS as a “one size fits all solution.” I don’t quite see it that way. The CCSS is a goal that establishes a final skillset repertoire for each student in ELA and mathematics, but students, with the help of teachers, accomplish these goals using varying instructional activities. Teaching is all about assessing individual student knowledge and skill and building the capacity to meet the goals established by the standards.
The video of last week’s SC Board has not been posted at this time, but here’s the link to videos (click here) of the past meetings. I expect the video to be posted this week, and I look forward to seeing the discussion.