Comments on the Common Core Standards — 1 Comment

  1. My kids take the MEAP tests in the fall. So their new teachers have had them for maybe a month. Even after transfering from other schools. If MEAPs were given in the Spring, then teachers would have had some sort of chance, though only if student’s scores were tracked from whereever they came from. Common Core doesn’t really address this issue. It’s not that I expected it to. But the real problem is more fundamental. The idea was that when teachers were tested, their scores didn’t correlate to student outcomes. The answer was to test students. But the real problem is that testing doesn’t test compentence. It didn’t for teachers, and doesn’t for students. We need to repeal No Child Left Behind. Where was the pilot program for NCLB? Texas. What did the audit say about it? It said that it didn’t work in Texas either, due to fraud.

    The reason that Texas is where textbooks come from is because it’s a big market. Textbook companies pander to large markets. Monetization of textbooks has been one of the issues with education. It’s politics over reason. IMO, educators should be free to pool resources and produce their own textbooks. For one thing, I’ve only seen one math textbook that included answers in the back where all of the answers were correct. It was a book on how to use the Japanese abacus. They probably used an abacus to check their answers. In this age of computers, there’s no excuse. IMO, time to fire the publishers. They’re expensive, but also poor quality. In today’s age of computers, every school could pubilsh their own texts, perhaps pulled from a pool of material approved at the national level. Texts wouldn’t necessarily have to be on paper. When errors were found, they could be corrected rapidly. Cheaper and better.

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