By Nancy Flanagan
The legislature in my home state is currently on a roll. They’re planning to systematically destroy the largest public school system in Michigan, once a landmark district, drain it of resources, and make it super-easy for predatory, for-profit charters to move in. Plus other ultra-important stuff like preventing municipalities from banning plastic shopping bags, and keeping open-carry laws as open as possible.
And, of course, getting rid of Common Core State Standards.
I’m no advocate for the Common Core (although the thought of abandoning all the CCSS alignment work and pricey professional training teachers have been dragged through makes me shake my head). But here’s the funny thing: the Michigan House wants to adopt the old Massachusetts State Standards–the ones MA abandoned when they adopted…the Common Core.”
The Common Core is just another set of standards. We can raise and lower, tweak and replace standards until the cows come home, but until other things are in place (clean, safe classrooms, say–or books, supplies and experienced teachers), it’s an exercise in blah-blah over reality. Most important: if we’re going to dump everything we’ve been working on, let’s put the rebuilding back in the hands of educators, not politicians.
To read Nancy’s full blog post go here: Raising the Common Core Bar Until Nobody Can Get Over – Teacher in a Strange Land – Education Week Teacher
Nancy Flanagan is an education writer and consultant focusing on teacher leadership. She spent 30 years in a K-12 music classroom in Hartland, Mich, and was named Michigan Teacher of the Year in 1993. She is National Board-certified, and a member of the Teacher Leaders Network. She welcomes feedback on her sharp-eyed perspectives on the inconsistencies and inspirations, the incomprehensible, immoral and imaginative, in American education. She is a digital organizer for IDEA (Institute for Democratic Education in America). You can follow her on Twitter @nancyflanagan.