On Monday, October 19th, the NC Common Core Commission (or ASRC) had their monthly meeting.
I’d like to thank Kim Fink of Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association for taking some minutes during the meeting. Those minutes can be viewed in my ASRC Repository.
I live tweeted the first half of the meeting. View my Storify article to see the timeline.
At the invitation of the Commission, parents were afforded the opportunity to tell the ASRC how Common Core has impacted their child. Over half the speakers were parents or grandparents and they were the only ones who actually stayed on the topic at hand.
One speaker, however one was not a parent of a school-aged child but, instead, a Common Core supporter. Mr. Ned McMillan, who spoke first, proceeded to unleash just about every debunked Pro-Common Core talking point we’ve seen supporters use for the last five years.
McMillan also made the fantastical claim that, “Changing the standards will make teachers leave the profession.” Oh brother. Gee, no teacher I know of left just because we changed standards in the past. In other words, his comments were about what you’d expect from a “head clown“.
The Grandparent who spoke was Elizabeth Berg. The parents who spoke were Jen Schrand, Tiffany Birkner and myself. Via the Coastal Carolina Taxpayer minutes, a summary of those remarks begins on page 8. Perhaps the Wake County School Board, in particular Jim Martin, should read them seeing as how they are utterly clueless on Common Core and what was said at the ASRC meeting.
An initial draft of the ASRC’s recommendations for both ELA and Math was presented. There were 8 ELA and 11 math draft recommendations.
Of note in the draft ELA recommendations was recognition that the Common Core as it stands is not age/developmentally appropriate, “ELA standards need to be revised or rewritten to be developmentally appropriate for the students“.
Of note in the Math recommendations had several items of note, with quite a few centering on the Common Core’s inability to provide a decent math experience for high schoolers:
“A return to the sequence of studying Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II is strongly recommended.”
“High school math standards in their current form appear to be not only repetitive but also give no clear set of standards or curriculum for each of the three courses.”
Overall, the consensus has been that the integrated math under Common core is not only confusing but insufficient for students wishing to advance to a four year school.
For the K-8, the recommendation is to totally chuck Common Core.
“For K-8 Math, it is recommended that the Minnesota standards be adopted. These standards meet the benchmarks of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel whose findings were released in 2008; Common Core does not meet these benchmarks, nor does any other state’s standards. NMAP was specifically created to study how mathematics instruction in the U.S. could be made world competitive again.”
As a parent witnessing the ridiculous Common Core math in action, I couldn’t agree more. Supporters say the math is supposed to give little kids who are between 6 and 9 years old a ‘deeper understanding’ of math. That’s a pile of crap.
What it’s doing is training them to jump through hoops using multiple strategies they have to use, regardless if it works for them or not. Why? Because that’s what’s on the test and that is how they are being determined to be ‘College and Career Ready’ or not.
Various NC media was on hand and they produced the following related articles:
- Common Core Review Wraps Up, A Look at What’s Next
- The Future of Common Core is on Shaky Ground
- NC parents raise concerns about Common Core; others more supportive
(the “others” mentioned in the title include the lone dissenter, Ned McMillan, and some random people interviewed in a local park)
October Meeting Materials