A blogger named “thequotableyeti” provides a high-school teacher’s warning to college professors about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Though she or he starts out a little unkindly toward us, the points made are important.
After the complaint, the blogger begins with a very good point:
The common core purports to make students college and career ready. While the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and Pearson contributed vast sums of money to the creation of them, as far as I can tell, very few college professors were consulted. [my bold]
That has led, I argue, to standards and methodologies that are woefully out of date–in English, at least.
The blogger agrees:
My main criticisms of the Common Core are as follows: First, that it takes a weirdly quantitative approach to reading novels in that the standards are overly concerned with the structure of literature and the actual words on the page, not with tracing the development of symbols and metaphors. In an article in scholastic,http://frizzleblog.scholastic.com/post/10-things-worth-doing-your-classroom David Coleman provides ten helpful insights in how to teach novels the Common Core way. In number four he admonishes teachers to “ Only draw conclusions that can be substantiated by the words on the page. Scrape away terms like “metaphorical,” and talk as simply as possible. Once you bring up metaphor and meaning, kids are out of the game.” So by David Coleman’s metric the mockingbird in To Kill a Mockingbird was just an annoying bird that would occasionally sing and was a sin to kill. Maybe the streetcar in a Street Car Named Desire, was just a streetcar -and Holden Caulfield just wore his hunting cap because it was cold outside, and Proust just went on and on about a cookie-for no reason what so ever. If you think your students aren’t great at recognizing symbols now -imagine how much worse they will be five years from now.
Read the post. Here again is the link.