6 reasons to reject Common Core K-3 standards — and 6 rules to guide policy by Valerie Strauss was published on May 2, 2014 in the Washington Post.
Ms. Strauss begins her article with “6 reasons to reject common core however, her rules to guide policy are much more important.
1. Young children learn through active, direct experiences and play
2. Children learn skills and concepts at different times, rates, and paces. Every child is unique
3. Young children learn best when their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical selves become highly engaged in the learning process.
4. Assessments of young children should be observational in nature, ongoing, and connected to curriculum and teaching. They should take into account the broad-based nature of young children’s learning, not isolated skills, and the natural developmental variation in all areas of young children’s growth and development.
5. The problems of inequality and child poverty need to be addressed directly.
6. Quality early childhood education with well-prepared teachers is the best investment a society can make in its future.
Researchers have been saying these things for years yet American’s are reluctant to change our current system of education to one that is actually child friendly.
We are now willing to let our government indoctrinate our three and four year old children to their system of educational failure and social program support.
It is not egregious enough that we make our five and six year old children sit still and be quiet and take tests, now we are willing to allow our government to destroy the spirit of our youngest and most impressionable.
We have been told for years that education should be developmentally appropriate not age or grade defined.
We know that the Arts, music, dance, role playing, painting, excites a child’s imagination and engages their critical thinking skills.
We know that our most experienced teachers should teach at the elementary level because they are patient and more knowledgeable about child development.
We know that observing children to discover their gifts and talents allows a teacher to differentiate instruction to meet the student’s needs.
We know, when will we change?
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