Teachers Controlling Classrooms
- Author: Alyssa Christ, Substitute Teacher
- State: NY
- Test: All Tests
- Date: June 22 at 3:58 pm ET
Prior to the implementation of Common Core, as a result of much more government interference in the teaching of children, Alfie Kohn was writing books about common sense education. In his most recent book, Feel Bad Education (2011), Kohn exposes school’s intense focus on data collection, which he believes turns schools into something “lifeless and shallow.” He feels, like many educators do, that children’s education is suffering as the focus shifts from student to teaching for standardized tests.
Soon-to-be teachers spend six or more years in training; to learn best practices that are engaging for a variety of learners, to learn and implement pedagogical theory, and to research the most effective types of instruction. And after these years of training, passionate teachers, like myself, are ready for their careers to begin; however, after being placed in a school, teachers are expected to teach for a test and not for real-world living. With the unrealistic and test-heavy curriculum, the well-thought, but poorly implemented Common Core becomes a one-size-fits-all program that lacks elasticity for diverse students.
In creating a set of national standards, pertinent to the success of students across America, the government gave teachers everywhere a clear goal for all students. As Alfie Kohn suggests, it’s now time for the government to step back and let teachers take action in their own classrooms. Feeling confident in our abilities, we think educator’s everywhere feel the same; the government owns the standards, but teachers should own the classrooms!