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5 Reasons Teachers Criticize Common Core

By    |   Monday, 20 Apr 2015 01:32 PM

The Common Core curriculum was met with much praise by educators in 2010 as a way to help American school children excel in a global market. It was quickly adopted by 43 states nationwide.

Since then, there have been some detractors who believe common core is not best for American students. In a 2014 Gallup Poll showed a majority of teachers were either "worried," "frustrated," or less than "enthusiastic," about the standards.

According to the Education Week, the challenges of implementing the standards are a big factor in how the standards are received.

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Here are five reasons teachers criticize the common core curriculum:

1. More training is needed before teachers are held to the new standards:
According to a 2014 survey from the Education Week Research Center eight out of 10 teachers felt they needed more training on the standards. Few teachers report getting training on the commonalities between common core curriculum and prior state standards.

2. The standards take away local control:
According to EAG News, Arizona teacher Brad McQueen published a book called "The Cult of the Common Core" which attacked the standards Washington developed which control classroom content.

"When you have control of the tests and the standards — you have control of the content in the classroom," McQueen said.

3. The standards don't encourage kids to creative thinking: Some teachers complain that the types of reading materials encouraged under common core standards are not going to be effective in teaching the best analytical skills in language arts.

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Professor Sandra Stotsky, former senior associate commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Education tells The Heritage Foundation, "When it comes to reading, Common Core inexplicably junks many of the classic works of fiction that have long prepared students to think critically. In their place are 'informational texts' that will cause college readiness to decrease."

4. The standards put essential topics in the wrong grade level:
According to Times Union, teacher Peter Rawitsch called the standards a "nightmare" because they force "college and career" readiness. He argues that young learners, such as those he teaches in first grade, are not ready for this kind of focus.

5. The early childhood standards are not appropriate: Stephanie Feeney, Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, Stephanie Feeney says, "The people who wrote these standards do not appear to have any background in child development or early childhood education."

Her criticism is indicative of the concerns some teachers have about the rigorous nature of the K – 3 learning goals in the common core standards, according to The Washington Post.

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