NOTE: I’m not looking for an argument here. We are all concerned about these standards. We’re all frustrated: parents, children and educators alike. I’m just sharing my opinions. I respect that not everyone will agree with me and you’re entitled to your opinion on the subject I will discuss..
At the last PTA meeting, our school’s principal and assistant principal gave an awesome presentation on the dreaded Common Core standards. We’re all in the same boat here. Rolling out an unfinished curriculum to unsuspecting students and parents through untrained educators was, to put it in nice terms, a pretty stupid thing to do. I feel if they were going to completely overhaul the learning system, they should have started at the Kindergarten level. It should NOT be all levels that were subject to change. You shouldn’t have kids that have been learning one way for years be forced to change their way of thinking to keep up. Kids are failing. They’re struggling. As parents, we’re frustrated and angry because our little scholars aren’t feeling so scholarly at the moment. In fact, their self esteem is plummeting at an alarming rate.
One thing we can NOT do, however, is blame our own district educators. One parent chose to attack the principal and accuse her of “not doing her job” and causing more work for them now.
It’s not like our principal said “Hmm. How can I screw with ALL my students’ education processes at once?” It came down from the state. It’s not a matter of them ‘not doing their jobs’.. they were given NEW jobs without being told exactly how these jobs would unfold.
I praise the principal for how she handled this woman. She shut her down and said she wasn’t even going to entertain someone who went there. The sad part is this parent was looking for someone to blame and won’t bother going to her local representatives to protest. She wanted a face. She wanted blood at that moment.
Our teachers and administrators are as frustrated as we are, if not more so. We have to deal with just our kid(s). They have to deal with all the teacher frustration as well as the parents like this woman, who just want to yell at someone about it. They are also the ones who are deciding how to proceed with all this new information.
The bottom line is, this Common Core isn’t going anywhere. We need to stop letting our frustrations boil over. Our kids are having a hard enough time as it is. They don’t need us getting crazy over it.