January 21, 2013

The turmoil of Common Core

Dear New Jersey State Board of Education,

I am in my 25th year in education and have taught or supervised at the elementary, middle, high school and collegiate levels. I have been in districts with less than 200 students and ones with more than 10,000. My sister taught for 38 years and my dad for 55. ...

Although we have been conversing about the Common Core for a few years now it is a gargantuan task to revise all K-12 curricula, work on framing out units of study, get teachers familiar with it, imbed into our lesson planning and then connect to state tests. There are only so many committees that we can form to write curriculum without compromising the educational process. If we take teachers out of the classroom we lose instruction; if we do it after school we either lose coaches or advisors and/or we have to pay people per contract language. Additionally, the essence of the Common Core calls for assessments at the end of each unit. Besides the bizarre notion that these total over 200 tests K-12 just on the Common Core, we have not been given any direction as to whether or not those assessments will be a reality, when we will know and how they will be administered.

- Michael A. Rossi

1 comment:

Capt. America said...

This person has too many jobs. Why on earth should teachers be allowed to make decisions about curricula? He needs to rid himself of his classroom teaching orientation. He seems dedicated to endless futile duplications of effort. Teacher grading of students is wrong. Kiss it goodbye.