I somehow missed this gem that came out of the last NC State Board of Education meeting. Via NC Spin: State Board of Ed meeting features “Little Miss Muffet” skit
This is NOT an April Fool’s Day joke. This actually happened at today’s N.C. State Board of Education meeting.
During a session about Common Core in the early grades, a kindergarten teacher read “Little Miss Muffet” to the board, while staff from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction played the characters.
Seriously? This is who is running out state education?
I know the board is actively trying to figure out a way to combat the fact the Core is age and developmentally inappropriate in the elementary grades, but this is ridiculous. In fact, they had a whole session on Tuesday, April 1st on the topic:
10:15 a.m., Session 3: NC Standard Course of Study Rigor, Child Development and Kindergarten Readiness – Striking the Right Balance for Early Learners
Gee, sounds like they want to come up with a plan to counter all the moms who showed up last week and presented evidence of the age/developmental inappropriateness!
The article says State Board of Ed A.L. “Buddy” Collins and Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest both walked out. I echo Terry Stoops on that: GOOD.
Teacher of the Year 2013-14, Karyn Dickerson, thought it was the “particular highlight” via her official Facebook page:
The last few days at the State Board of Education planning session in Pembroke have been filled with learning, discussing, and completing the new strategic plan. UNC-Pembroke was very accommodating, and they made sure we had a successful session. My favorite moment during the planning session was a teaching and learning session that demonstrated the balance between rigorous expectations/standards and developmentally appropriate teaching strategies for kindergarten classes. The “Little Miss Muffet” performance was a particular highlight!
We’re in the very best of hands.
Here’s a radio interview where the Lt. Gov. confirms he did indeed walk out of the meeting because of that skit.
Thanks Jennifer! I actually caught the tail end of that interview. Lt. Gov. Forest did the right thing!
Actually, in a previous push to do a national standardized teaching method, this was the “cute skit”:
HAH! Yes! I’ve seen that!