Common Core Perspective

What does being a Core Advocate mean to me?

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Kenny McKee is high school literacy coach for Buncombe County Schools in Asheville.

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  • 1. The fact that you had to attend an event about being a Common Core Advocate should be a red flag to even the casual reader.
    2. You shouldn’t have to “deeply understand” a set of written standards. They should be self-evident to anyone who reads them.
    3. Seeing the “standards role in student success” made me chuckle. They’re “just a set of standards”, Mr. McKee — they don’t have superpowers. Good teaching is what helps kids excel, not a fundamentally flawed set of standards.
    4. Networking with amazing educators? You couldn’t do that before Common Core?? You know, there’s this awesome thing called the internet. There’s a group for everything out there and it’s been that way before Common Core and it will be that way after it.
    5. You stated, “I believe that ultimately stakeholders have the final say on their approval of the standards, but to draw those conclusions, they need to have accurate information.” “Connecting with the Community” means actually listening to the main stakeholders – the parents. We’ve been telling you for three years now, Common Core is a hot mess. Clearly, you’re not interested in connecting with the community, just dictating to it.

    • Guest

      The fact that Lady Liberty is unwilling to attend an event about being a Core Advocate should be a red flag to ALL readers. Have you read them? You use vague references like “fundamentally flawed” and “hot mess.” Where’s your text evidence? Oh, that’s right — to use text evidence from the standards to explain what’s wrong with the standards would mean having read the standards. Did you know that Core Advocate Conferences invite and are attended by parents, school board members, and other community stakeholders? Clearly, Lady Liberty, it is you that isn’t “interested in connecting with the community, just dictating to it.”

      • Jay Clauss

        Amen!!

    • Jay Clauss

      WOW! Where to begin…with this “hot mess” of a response.
      1. It would greatly benefit you to attend an event on the Common Core standards as you clearly are unaware (from an educator’s point of view) what a common set of standards could do for us.
      2. Every teacher SHOULD have to deeply understand ANY set of written standards or they aren’t worth much as an educator. That would be like choosing a lawyer to represent you that doesn’t deeply understand the legal system. Oh my!
      3. Good teaching is what helps kids excel and you should wonder why your child’s school is having a problem with that…no matter what standards they are using. They tell you it’s because of the Common Core…I call horse crap! They aren’t doing their job, and they now have a scapegoat. My principal and even Superintendent would never buy that excuse!
      4.As far as networking…how many of the teacher’s at your child’s school are using that awesome called Internet. Not many is my guess. Because if they were…they could’ve gotten some help when they were struggling with the new Common Core standards.
      5. I agree with you…stakeholders need accurate information. I hope and pray that you will get some!! And please don’t think I’m “dictating” as you accused Mr. McKee of doing. I’m simply pointing out that you seem very closed minded to something new and because someone is trying to better the education profession for BOTH teachers and students, you feel they are dictating because they aren’t listening to your opinion. There’s a difference between dictating and educating. Mr. McKee is working to educate others. Thank you Mr. McKee!!

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  • Stefan Anders

    Okay. If someone is interested in finding out some of the flaws in the common core ELA standards, this is an excellent and detailed analysis that is definitely text-based. https://medium.com/common-core-annoyances/ill-be-happy-to-tell-you-what-i-dont-like-e90878933ac0

  • Jay Clauss

    Thanks Kenny! It’s sad to read how some people can be so clueless…and want to blame the Common Core for their child’s lack of learning. LadyLiberty should be questioning the teacher’s at her child’s school…as they are clearly not equipped to effectively instruct their students. How sad.

    As an educator…I found it quite easy to correlate and unpack the Common Core standards. They clearly bring all students together to be challenged at new levels. New levels that move these kids into the 21st century of learning!! They also ensure that students across the states are receiving a core foundation at each grade level, so that when they move to a new school…they aren’t worlds apart from the others in terms of what they’ve learned. I received students with A’s and B’s from Texas who have struggled because their curriculum was extremely different from ours. The parent’s had to hire a tutor and work extra hard with their child to catch them up. Luckily they weren’t the type of parents to look for a scapegoat and “blame” the new curriculum.
    Parents that want to jump on the bandwagon and blame the Common Core…please, chose homeschooling. Or take a closer look at the teachers at your school! The third problem is the need for professional development. Unfortunately movies continue to be cut and schools aren’t able to provide additional, quality professional development to keep teachers abreast of best teaching practices.

    I hope that we can continue to work towards a common set of standards. Unfortunately, there are several problems that need to be handled. The first is that there are too many veteran teachers who don’t like change and want to continue teaching the way they did 20 years ago. They see change as more work. However, to be honest, in this profession we do see quite a bit of change and it can be exhausting when you learn something and then three to five years later…they change it again. The second problem is that schools that were already struggling with test scores, can now use the new standards as their scapegoat. Put the spotlight on the Common Core…blame the new standards. How quickly test scores were deflected by blaming the Common Core. If you’re honest about it…they’ve barely been implemented to have had that big of an impact. The testing wasn’t even aligned completely…we didn’t even give them a chance to get things in place. We barely got the standards unpacked and people were already whining. I bet LadyLiberty’s child’s school didn’t even unpack their standards. We found it extremely easy to do…were there changes that needed to be made? Heck yea. We swapped some resources, we shared some lessons/activities, we met for some vertical planning, and WE CONTINUED TEACHING. The teachers that are whining and against Common Core…need to retire. Thank you for your service, but we need to raise the bar for these children and we could best achieve that if we worked together as as a common core of professionals from across the U.S.

    Kenny, keep up the good fight!!

  • Jay Clauss

    Why wouldn’t it be a collection of Common Core writers?? They are trying to educate. UGH!!! Some people just can be educated I guess.
    (Oh, and please don’t think I’m trying to intimidate you. Ridiculous!)