The Bee’s Jan. 18 editorial points out that the upcoming test results for Common Core may be dismal.
With Common Core “standards push critical thinking and analysis over multiple choice and memorization.” All well and good, but the editorial mistakenly places the blame on the teachers for the students not doing well on the new testing.
“Teachers who can’t or won’t rise to the new standards must be managed out.” Where is the state and school administration in the blame hierarchy?
Common Core was adopted in California in 2010. Hundreds of millions of state and federal dollars have been made available, and some great programs are under way at various universities. So far only about 33% of teachers have been trained in the new standards. Yet we demand that the teachers teach the new program?
Also there are relatively few text books available for the teachers to use. The teachers have to date been expected to develop their own materials without input from the state administration as to what should be developed.
So when you read that it is all the teachers’ fault, remember who really shoulders the responsibility and should be held accountable.