I was shocked to read in the Independent Record (Dec. 2) the story concerning Common Core and the inference of how little regard the newspaper has for the area schoolteachers. The article addressed the actions taken by a school district in Delaware to alter the teaching methods of their staff and by implication stated that our districts teachers have been short changing students for many years.
Let’s not pretend that the “new wave” of standards/curriculum is anything more than the old “Goals 2000” which was designed to centralize all districts efforts to what bureaucrats in our nations capital felt was the one and only way to impart selected data to the students through the public education system. The IR prints an article, really an opinion piece that slams the continuing efforts of the Helena School Districts teachers to educate. Common Core is a system that is also designed by bureaucrats and is endorsed by school systems hierarchy because it, like Goals 2000, is seen as a path toward career climbing by the by administration (and teachers who want to exit the classroom) for administration positions. Meanwhile the teacher is put into an extraordinary position of being told that all previous efforts were not “good enough” and are handed a new “teach to the test” program.
At least if this is the direction the district wants to follow, and not lead, the IR shouldn’t pile on to the staff laboring in the trenches. One last note in reading the article it states that the new standards/curriculum will have kindergarten students learning to add. Whose child couldn’t add when they entered kindergarten? And is the teacher to hold that group back for the unfortunate one?