Part of the joy of teaching is being able to innovate and adjust to the needs of individuals and different learning environments.
The question teachers must ask themselves is this: Is a system that relies totally on the ability of every child to pass multiple tests in a given school year going to offer time and opportunities for innovation?
These tests will be used to determine teacher pay raises, the amount of funding each school receives, what kind of job each student will be able to obtain when his/her education is completed, among other dubious purposes. Who believes that teachers will not be forced to teach to the test in order to ensure the best scores for the school, the teachers, and the district?
More importantly, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are being used as a tool to usurp control from the school districts of our state as well as our state Department of Education in favor of a national, one-size-fits-all system controlled from Washington, DC.
Furthermore, the requirement that the states link their student databases – containing as many as 400-500 data fields per student or teacher – to a national database controlled by the Center for Education Statistics. [Read more...]
About Tom Stark
Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com