Dear Anne Michaud,
This showed up in my twitter feed earlier this week. it reminded me of this op-ed you used your platfrom at Newsday to publish.
It immediately reminded me of the this quote from the piece in Newsday.
“I won’t be voting this year to Stop Common Core. I’ve seen my high school-age daughters more engaged by their assignments than ever before. That’s not a course I want to reverse.”
Mother to mother, I am happy your daughters are enjoying school. Personally, I believe it has more to do with being matched with the right teachers then it does with Common Core. Have you read the EngageNY 9th grade ELA modules? There seems to be a lot of focus on days of close reading one short text or short story. It does not seem very “engaging” to me. Plus, if I can find the assignments, exactly as they are laid out, then so can teenagers. Very easy to plan your homework if you are told to read “Romeo and Juliet” but can find the lesson and know that you really only need to read 3 pages.
But, if your daughters are enjoying their high school experience, then I agree that is good.
Many, if not the majority, of children are not finding anything positive about Common Core. They are frustrated, downcast, discouraged and demoralized. I have been a part of special education support groups in my area for years. I meet parents everyday who are living in fear for their children’s health, education and future. Parents who tell me that their 7th grade child already is questioning “Why bother going to school? I don’t get it, I will never get through it, it is more then I can do.” One mother asked “How do I answer my daughter?” I told her to tell her daughter that there are plenty of parents who know this is wrong and we are fighting for her.
How would you answer that question Ms. Michaud? Would you say “Well, my daughters are thriving!” and leave it at that. Do we lose all the students who are just not thriving under Common Core?
You have a platform Ms. Michaud. You write opinions for Newsday. On a good day, I have 100 people read my little blog. So, I have a challenge for you. Please call your school district and the school districts that are adjacent to yours. Start with asking to speak with the Assistant Superintendent of Special Education. Asking them how the special education students are doing under common core. Ask how the elementary students are doing in general. Ask about how many students will not graduate this year because the RCT’s have been eliminated, and some students, no matter how hard they try, will never pass 5 regents exams, even with a 55. Then, set up a forum and invite parents. I would be very interested to know how many parents would show up to an open forum to talk about how well their children are doing under Common Core.
In closing, Ms. Michaud, Common Core may work for your children. it is not working for millions of others. Shouldn’t we be working towards an education system that enriches all children, and not just a select few?