I’m doing a summer purge of papers and making room for more Common Core related materials. Last Spring I went to the Connections Conference in St. Charles, IL and attended several sessions on school reform in light of the CCSS. I wanted to share a few of my notes with you:
Key Note Address: Willard Daggett, founder/chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education:
“We have the best schools in the world in both excellence and equality and that’s why you can’t compare us on a global stage” — referring to the fact that we educate everyone, not just those who want to/can afford to go to school
CCSS: It doesn’t say college OR career ready, it says college AND career ready
“The very institutions charged with challenging kids for their future have become museums and we’re the curators.”
We have the shortest day/year of any industrialized nation:
India/China go to school 270 days/ 8.5 hours on week days/5.5 hours on Saturdays for those they choose to educate
“Our job is not CCSS–that’s a means to an end. Our job is making kids ready for an ever changing world.”
Today’s students are natives in a digital world, but we try to stop that by making them conform to our 20th century school model. Are you curators or agents for change?
Important question to ask: Who is doing the work in your classroom?
All of these are important things to consider when shifting our thinking to fit the Common Core models.
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Kari teaches English I to 9th graders (!) and other electives in rural Iowa. Her husband is also an English teacher, and their friends have sworn to never help them move again because "even libraries don't have that many books."