Yesterday we received our kids’ Common Core New York State test results in the mail. After hearing about how NY students did on average I was happy that they both did pretty well. Included in my fourth grader’s packet was a letter instructing me how to help him not feel like a loser if he was among the majority who didn’t come close to meeting proficiency standards.
Here are a few snippets, and my reactions:
-Tell your child that the questions were harder and adjusting to the new standards and this new way of learning may be tough at first. [Hmmm. Why not use the old way of learning, which children and teachers seemed to be better at?]
-Reassure your child that you and their teachers believe in them and will support them in learning what they need to know in order to go to college or career. [Unfortunately, many parents won't be able to help their kids with homework or test preparation because Common Core makes no sense.]
-Remind them that by continuing to work hard and persist through difficulties, they will be prepared to be successful in school and life. [But why make it more difficult for them in the first place?]
Here’s a copy of the letter. What a mess.
Update: This reminds me of a conversation I had a few weeks ago. I can’t recall who I was talking to, but no doubt it was a Democrat. We were discussing Common Core and how nobody, including teachers, likes anything about it. I said that nationalizing education was a bad idea and it’s something that should be left to states and local districts. My friend said that there are some states that perform poorly and it wouldn’t be fair to the students in those states. I asked “So it makes sense to bring high performing states down?” That’s when the subject was changed.