Last night in a local store, I ran into an English teacher that works in Alpine School District. I asked him what he thought of Common Core and he was very much against it, but wouldn’t make a public statement about it, even anonymously. I got home and had received this email from a teacher in Jordan School District which is alarming and another indication of why teachers are afraid to speak out against Common Core.
“I recently attended a common core day of cheer leading for the sixth grade teachers in my district. Money was used to pay for subs so that we could all hear for a day why the common core was so wonderful. We were told that students would no longer be graded on completion of assignments or an average of assignment and test scores over a grading period. Instead grading will be based on mastery of a subject. How do we determine mastery? The district has provided bench mark tests in language arts. We were told that these are not mandatory BUT that if we did not use them they would become mandatory. I find it scary that students will now be graded only on tests written by the core. The final assessment was a research paper on modern revolutions. Interesting how now in the sixth grade learning can be skewed to a political point of view that may or may not be historically accurate. I find the curriculum scary and the measurement of learning terrifying. I know though that any questions I asked contrary to the core were met with anger and frustration. It was NOT allowed and dismissed to ask a question that was not common core friendly. I along with other teachers are afraid to speak out publicly against the core for fear of losing our jobs. I work in the Jordan school district.”
If the teacher who wrote this will please contact me with his/her name and phone number I will keep your identity confidential. I really want to speak with you.