And the livin’ is easy…….
So here we go, another summer is upon us and I stop writing, well, yeah, I stopped a couple of months ago, that said, we’ll be back in the fall with more intelligent rehashing of all things pertinent to humanity!
but I’ve exhausted that. Now it’s about education and the rape by Corporate America. Here’s my latest thoughts.
The thoughts and ramblings of a 27 year veteran teacher (that’s me.)
Common Core Standards vs. Traditional Teaching (Whatever that is). The river a mile wide and and an inch deep is one of David Colemans mantras against traditional teaching. Too much time spent on too much information I guess. So spend an inordinate amount of time on one subject is his solution. This year, if a 5th grade teacher followed the NY Envisions webisite and got sucked into their modules, it was 2 or 3 months on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yup, 5th grade. My two colleagues who are rookies, had to buy in, me with 27 years said let’s wait and see. Thank God for tenure. They both did a great job with the modules, but at what expense? We teach ELA and math and that’s about it. Pure history about the U.S. is thrown aside and science as experimentation never happens. It’s all about the F’in test.
That’s all I hear. It makes me sick. Kids deserve better. I could go in to the number of days I spend assessing and then correcting, but that’s another post for another day, leave it at 13 days last year.