Angry parents nation-wide are calling for a November 18th protest against Common Core standards. Their reasons include:
- ever-more testing
- ever-more philanthrocapitalist dabbling
- incomprehensible homework
- unrealistic expectations
- elitist notions about the value of college
- loss of local input and control
According to Common Core, our CPS high school seniors will be evaluated on their ability to:
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.Unfortunately, the best of our regular, non-honors CPS high school seniors usually can only:
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
We think that skill #2 is a fairly complex and intelligent task for 17-18 year olds. But not Common Core! According to them, skill #2 is for 6th graders.
What are your thoughts, readers? Any parents out there with opinions? Any teachers with strong feelings on Common Core?