CCSS is now holding teachers responsible for how children arrive in school in kindergarten and 1st grade. If some children can’t read when they arrive in school for the first time, they still have to take the CCSS tests that will be used to rank and yank (fire) teachers and close public schools that will be turned over to for profit, corporate charter schools along with the taxes that once supported the public schools that have been closed. This had already happened in New Orleans, and is happening in Chicago and other cities across America.
This idiocy is obvious even to 6-year olds. One said to a teacher recently: “Teacher, why do they think I can answer those questions when I can’t read yet and they won’t let the computer read it to me?”
Chris in Florida describes here his attempt to introduce “close reading” as required by the Common Core. No one who wrote the Common Core ever taught elementary school. Yet they have imposed the Néw Criticism on young children who don’t yet know how to read.
“Yep. I’m forced to test my 1st graders on tests where they are expected to do a close reading of a passage and answer complex, text-evidenced questions all because of David Coleman and CCSS.
“It is ridiculous. In that wonderful 1st grade way of creating one’s own reality many of my children WHO CAN’T READ YET simply select random answers, smile, and move on to something far more developmentally appropriate and fun.
“This idiocy is obvious even to 6-year olds. One said to me yesterday: “Teacher, why do they think I can answer those questions when I can’t read yet and they won’t…
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