|Time for teachers to form a rebellion against Common Core?|
A teacher wants to start a nationwide rebellion against Common Core Standards. From the San Leandro, CA Patch Teacher Is Madder Than Hell And Ain't Gonna Test Kids Anymore:
(Jerry Heverly is an English teacher at San Leandro High School. He has written before about how the Common Core State Standards, a new federal mandate, will affect students and teachers.)
I’m starting a new organization at San Leandro High School.
It’s called the Common Core Resistance Army.
It would be sort of like those 60’s radical groups that were run by ex-con’s.
I’ll need a pretty young woman to be my deputy, of course. We’ll preach mass resistance to standardized tests.
Why does he dislike CCSS?
In researching this column I learned a few things about the Common Core that I didn’t know before:Well, there are some of us out here who have been railing against them for a number of years. The problem? We don't represent the special interests of Bill Gates, Jeb Bush, David Coleman and even the teachers' unions who are making money from the adoption/implementation of the standards.
What will you, the taxpayer, get for all this cash?
- It costs approximately $13/student to administer the STAR tests we have now; it will cost around $20/student to administer the CCSS.
- The state superintendent of schools, Tom Torlakson, estimates it will cost California $1 billion to carry out the federal mandates connected to CCSS.
- By 2018 San Leandro High School will need to invest heavily in computers and computer memory to allow us to give “computer adaptive” tests. In these kinds of tests each student gets different questions based upon whether they got the previous question right.
Right now we do nothing but multiple-choice tests.
In two years we will still have lots of multiple choice questions but here is how one site described the new questions:
“The heart of the tests in both English language arts and math will be short-answer questions and lengthy performance tasks. The latter questions, involving multiple steps, taking perhaps an hour or two, are designed to see if students can demonstrate a deeper understanding of the standards, can explain the reasons behind their answers and can think critically.”Can you imagine how much it will cost to pay someone to grade those latter questions?
Common Core boosters claim that their tests will fundamentally alter teaching. They say that we teachers will be forced to teach “critical thinking”. Common Core will get us to teach “higher order comprehension”.
I keep asking myself how this is different from what I do now.
The Common Core State (sic) Standards are a fraud.
The Common Core State (sic) Standards are a clever way to fleece the taxpayers, to dress up old ideas in new clothing.
For this they will charge you, the taxpayers, $1 billion.
You would think there would be at least a few teachers, administrators, parents or just plain taxpayers, who would exhibit outrage at these new national tests.
But, as far as I can tell, there aren’t.
Read the entire article here.