Thanks to Shannon Clark over at I Run, Read, Teach I found the best way to explain the Common Core State Standards to everyone. I honestly don't understand what all the hoopla is about. They are standards, and pretty good ones if you compare them to what Illinois has had! But they are only standards, not a curriculum. I still teach the way I want and what I want, only now I get to go into more depth. Why doesn't everyone just stop and think about what is best for the students that we teach instead of worrying about who decided what! If you study the standards, it is obvious that thought was put into them and that they were written to raise the level of education in the United States. Isn't that what we all want????
As for all the testing they are insisting that all schools participate in, I think that is crazy. Do we just teach to a test or should we teach to educate???? That is where I see the problem!
Easy Explanation of the Common Core State Standards