professornana (professornana) wrote,

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Red rover and education

Remember the game of Red Rover from when you were a kid? Lately, this game has come to mind as I see all the moving back and forth on CCSS by individuals and organizations. And then yesterday, this tweet showed up in my feed from Howard Fineman: "At #Aspen Ideas, Eric #Cantor says #CommonCore great as voluntary guide but ruined when feds "barged in" and made it "de facto" mandatory."

There are groups springing up that are vehemently opposed to CCSS. Most of them are extremist groups who see CCSS as the government intruding more than is comfortable. Their sites are interesting and sometimes downright scary. Check out this: and this: and this:

NCTE and IRA have called for a moratorium on testing. Other educators such as Susan Ohanian and Diane Ravitch are questioning CCSS. Blogs are discussing the flaws in the CCSS and how it was constructed. Round and round, back and forth. We need to stop these childish games. There is more at stake than who wins at Red Rover. The future of our students is at stake. Do we ignore best practices and march along with the CCSS beat? Or do we try to do what is right.
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I think again of Jon Muth's THE THREE QUESTIONS and the answers to those questions. “Remember then that there is only one important time, and that time is now. The most important one is always the one you are with. And the most important thing is to do good for the one who is standing at your side. This is why we are here.”

Let us do good for the kids. It IS why we are here.
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