Like a lot of households, Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have managed to transform the 2013 – 2014 school year from one of excitement to one of immense frustration.
I’ve kept relatively quiet about the effects of CCSS on my kids this year because change can prove challenging while still proving beneficial. I didn’t want to jump the gun and allow my emotions to cloud my judgment of this epic shift in education, nor did I want to prematurely poo-poo its promises of preparedness for a global economy.
But now, three-quarters into the pilot year of the CCSS and man, my faith is waning.
While I hope our teachers have been sufficiently trained on how to teach this new curriculum, preparedness will be of little use unless they’re given adequate resources in which to forge this new frontier. And can we talk a minute about the homework? It’s just plain hard!
I’m hearing over and over again about how critical parental involvement is to the success of students within CCSS, but how are we to help our kids when we haven’t been prepared to support them? We don’t even understand what their homework is asking!
Friend of CCSS or not, my family has a combined 17 more years of public education ahead of us and will need to find a way to make public education work for us; I just wish we had options available to us, or at the very least, a say.
Therefore, in the absence of a voice in the implementation or practice of CCSS, I’m choosing to exercise what little right I have along with a growing number of students and parents: I’m opting my school-age children out of CCSS testing.