Contact Us

Is Losing Teachers for ‘Common Core’ a Good Idea? [SURVEY]

Anna Bryukhanova

I know a lot of teachers. The ones I know are not happy about Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test coming next year as part of the Common Core Standards. I recently read Richland School District proposed removing four teachers from classrooms and assigning them to teach the teachers the Common Core. I’m scratching my head.

The problem with taking teachers from classrooms is that a teacher’s job is to learn what they’re going to teach. In college they learn how to learn — and then to teach. So why do they need people teaching them? Why take good teachers away from kids to teach teachers who can already teach themselves?

Now, about these tests: Learning is a very personal experience and everyone learns differently. Some people are good at math, some people will never be good at math. So why are they forcing these standards that some people will struggle to achieve and then will never use later on?

It appears they’ll be teaching kids to pass Common Core tests, not necessarily what they need to know. In other words, it’s teaching kids to pass tests. Do we want kids who know information, or know how to take tests?

Some people think it’s creating a minimum standard. But not a lot of people know kids can “fail” every subject, and as long as they’re close enough they’ll still graduate. There are certain things you have to do to graduate, but you don’t necessarily need to know the Common Core.

All of that said, my personal thoughts are high school should be MUCH, MUCH harder — 10 times harder. I had SUCH a wake up call my freshman year of college. And the kids are capable of it.

Right now kids can skate through high school without really reading the book. In college you won’t have a clue without doing the reading. You teach yourself and come prepared for class. Getting a college degree is not about knowing information, it’s about proving you know how to teach yourself. You know how to take books and information and teach yourself. Personally, I think they could learn that in high school.

Read the Tri-City Herald scolding the teacher's union over Common Core

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for CLUB 975 quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive CLUB 975 contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.