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14 January 2014 @ 10:22 am
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.  
Sometimes the discussion about CCSS infuriates me (OK, that happens all the time as most of you know). What is particularly infuriating of late is the amount of misinformation being passed off as fact, especially by journalists. Here is a blog post that started one of mild rants about CCSS: http://frizzleblog.scholastic.com/post/can-common-core-succeed. It is a video from a PBS segment about CCSS. Claudio Sanchez says: "We're not going to go back in this country, no matter what states do, to the weak and mediocre testing, as well as standards that we have had in place for a long time, because the message is clear: This nation is now recognizing that it has to do a lot more to get our kids up to speed."

I resent this, This idea that rejecting CCSS is a step backward is a false argument. The idea that before CCSS standards were somehow sub-standard annoys me as well. The idea that our kids are not up to speed is a blanket statement that is untrue for all kids as well. I think it is too simple to make these sweeping generalizations about school, standards, teachers, unions, etc. I know I hear them about my end of the profession, about the professors in their ivory towers with their tenure protection and their incredibly easy working hours, etc.

You know the old saying about walking a mile in someone else's shoes. I really wish journalists would do that. The ones who have done just that have some real insight. The journalist in Florida who took the middle school FCAT (the state test) and reported how difficult a time he had with the questions understood some of this misinformation about easy test and low standards. I wish other journalists did some due diligence as well. Walk a mile in the shoes of some of my colleagues. Take Donalyn Miller's place in fifth grade for 6 weeks; try to fill in for Paul Hankins at the high school. Head up to the university and prepare the online course materials, handle the coursework, AND do all of the other things that are expeted of me. I welcome you. I challenge you. The thing is: Paul and Donalyn and I tend to make things look effortless. We do not write about the myriad things we do to ensure student success. We do not moan and groan about how much time outside of the school day we spend working on school. WE. JUST. DO. IT. Move over, Nike.
 
 
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