Once upon a time…..
- Author: S.D., Teacher
- State: NY
- Test: All Tests
- Date: June 6 at 4:38 pm ET
I have been teaching for more than thirty years. I remember when teaching was fun. I remember a time when students smiled when they completed a task that was challenging and they hit it on the nail. I remember a time when students were proud of their work because they understood how to do it. I remember a time when teachers enjoyed motivating their students with tasks that were age/grade appropriate.
I think the common core is a very positive step forward in education. I believe that down the road, the common core will prove itself. But I also feel very strongly that the roll-out in New York was horrendous, and that students are quickly losing their love of learning because of it.
How can you expect a ninth grader to do well on a test that requires them to understand an entirely new method of teaching when they had only one year of experience with common core? Drop out rates in high school will undoubtedly increase due to this fiasco. Students who are required to know only a third of the material to pass ninth grade math will be ill prepared to pass eleventh grade math. But perhaps it doesn’t matter – because students only have to pass a single math regents now. The Math A – Math B generation really lost out. The same is going to happen now – maybe even worse.
WAKE UP, New York! Fix things before they get worse. Reconfigure the dates, allow the teachers to be prepared with better material and understanding, and let the students be successful.