Last night I ran across this article from Fox23 out of Tulsa, OK. A high school freshman, Emily Anderson, in Owasso, OK is taking on the fight against the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. An excerpt:
Anderson was enrolled in the TACK program, for gifted students, through elementary and middle school. She’s currently taking Pre-AP classes.
"I know I’m not stupid. I’m not dumb. I just know that whatever is going on isn’t working with the way that I learn," said Anderson.
Although the state is not fully implementing Common Core standards until next year, Anderson says she’s already seeing evidence of them in her classrooms.
FOX23 found "Aligned to State Common Core Standards" written across the front of textbooks. She says teachers are already trying to prepare.
"Just yesterday we were learning a new concept with triangles, and she said, ‘We’re not going to go really deep into it, because it’s difficult for most kids to understand, but I feel bad for the kids next year who are going to have to deal with it," Anderson said.
Anderson may only be in ninth grade, but she has identified a potential flaw in the way Common Core standards are being handled. She thinks it’s something that perhaps lawmakers did not consider. She says a better way to roll out the new standards would be to implement them with a kindergarten class, as opposed to changing the standards for students who are 3/4 of the way through their academic careers, when the stakes are higher.
Anderson brings up a good point. The common sense way to implement new standards would be to roll them out in Kindergarten and then add a grade as that class moves forward. Mind you I think they would be a disaster anyway (considering the developmentally inappropriateness of the early elementary standards), but the way this has been implemented in most states has been backwards. (Not to mention the developmental inappropriateness of the standards) High school first and then the rest. Anyway, Emily, we applaud you. Keep up the good work! We need more students like you!
Be sure to read the rest of the article. Check out the Facebook group Emily created called “Owasso Students AGAINST Common Core.” It’s already up to 92 members, the story said it had 55 members yesterday.