October 21, 2014 3 Comments
Yes, according to some. I don’t doubt that some Common Core standards might be a little too optimistic, especially in lower grades, but I really am concerned by the sound of these complaints (via WUNC):
A state commission in charge of reworking the Common Core academic standards has begun reviewing them…
The 11 members were politically appointed to review and possibly make changes to the academic standards after lawmakers heard complaints from parents and teachers that they do not progress in a natural or developmentally appropriate way.
“Our kids are not common,” said Jeannie Metcalf, co-chair of the commission and long-time Forsyth County school board member. “They are different and they may not be able to achieve some of these higher level expectations.”
Wtf? That sure sounds a hell of a lot like our kids are just not smart enough. Wow, is that really the direction we want to go with state-wide standards. Will you be shocked to learn that Metcalf is from the Tea Party brigade. Oh, and how is this for classic Orwellian doublespeak:
Metcalf and others explained that some of the standards may need to be rearranged without lowering the bar for students.
“I don’t think any of us want to lower the bar,” said Jeffrey Isenhour, a principal from Catawba County. “There needs to be some alignment, things have to make sense in terms of how students learn.”
Ummm, right. Standards need to be “aligned” but not “lowered.” Yeah, and ignorance is strength. Again, in all fairness some of the standards may need adjusting, but I really don’t trust the people who think the solution is to entirely ditch the higher, better, standards of the Common Core because North Carolina is somehow “unique” or “different.” At this rate we will be, though– uniquely behind in public education (of course, not really uniquely, we’ll always have Alabama and Mississippi to make us feel good).