The author in the letter to the editor (Aug. 18, “Some facts about Common Core”) tells us that Common Core does not establish a national curriculum. If it waddles like a duck, smells like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.
Everything about the program is national. There are no separate state standards, only national. There are no separate state assessments, only national. All texts are aligned to Common Core Standards. The consortia that created the assessments admit that they are the models for curriculum. All data mined about a child and the child’s family goes to the Department of Education, not the state.
Common Core meets every test of being a “national” duck.
The writer mentioned the elimination of cursive as if it were unimportant. Cursive has a number of early childhood development benefits.
First, it contributes greatly to the development of fine motor skills. Next, it contributes to the language arts learning process, with the physical memory of movements. Next, it helps to develop hand-eye coordination. It also establishes a basic means of written communication. Not everyone has a computer, not every situation calls for texting. Without cursive, folks wouldn’t be able to write their names.
Common Core also eliminates from first-grade curriculum fractions, money, patterning and calendaring, according to an Oklahoma first-grade teacher. It is abundantly clear that whoever created the Common Core Standards didn’t have a clue about early childhood development.
Analysis of the math standards showed they are poorly written and not clear for the use of teachers. I could write a book. The idea that you can do whatever you want to do just isn’t true. Common Core is the game and schools have to play it. Even Catholic schools.