I’m not a great defender of most teachers because I’m not a great defender of the public school system. But I have to admit that, if this description is at all accurate, then Common Core seems like it would completely discourage all teachers and make their job performance even worse.
Some of the biggest critics of new lesson plans aligned with the national Common Core standards are the people charged with teaching them.
A growing number of teachers say the national standards, adopted by some 45 states, have combined with pressure to “teach to the test” to take all individuality out of their craft. Some teachers told FoxNews.com the new education approach is turning their lessons into little more than data-dispensing sessions, and they fear their jobs are being marginalized.
“Now teachers aren’t as unique,” said Michael Warren, a public school history teacher in New Jersey. “It means anyone can do it. It’s like taking something done by humans and having it done by a machine.”
Backers of the Common Core Standards Initiative, which was created at the behest of the nation’s governors and has since been enthusiastically backed by the Obama administration, say it is critical to ensuring all of the nation’s middle and high school students meet a baseline in math and English. But while Common Core is not itself a curriculum, but a set of standardized tests, private curriculum producers are marketing their materials as “Common Core-aligned.” Critics of Common Core say establishment of a national standard is simply a backdoor way of nationalizing curriculum.
It sounds almost as if teachers are supposed to pretend to be programmed robots. If teaching is this easy, why have teachers at all? Why not simply use pre-recorded videos?
Interestingly, Common Core uses intellectual property law to bind teachers to the text so they are not permitted to tailor it to individual classroom use. We are told by one witness that, “the standards have been copyrighted and cannot be changed, and this is resulting in a loss of local and state control.”
I suppose if Common Core was a proven method for making smarter kids that it might be worth degrading the role of the teacher. But, in fact, there has been no study to prove the effectiveness of the method! This whole thing boils down to a big experiment on the children of the majority of states in the union.
I would be skeptical of a system that commanded teachers to parrot lessons “word for word,” even if they claimed to have proof it worked. But, with these lessons lacking any studies to back them up, it is hard to understand why people are pushing Common Core.