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The Political Realities Of Common Core

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There’s been a spirited discussion in the comments section at my Education Week Teacher post on Best Ways to Prepare Our Students for CCSS in Language Arts.

Feel free to participate in the discussion. Here’s a comment I just added:

I can think of no realistic political scenario that would stop Common Core from being implemented for at least ninety percent of millions of teachers and students in the United States. I have also not heard anyone else share one, though I am all ears….

Given that political reality on the ground, I think the political capital of teachers, students and their families is better spent on other issues that also affect the working and learning conditions in our schools and the living conditions in our communities — teacher evaluation procedures, adequate funding for schools, class size, parent engagement — just to name a few. In my political judgment, teachers and their allies are much more likely to be able to influence those issues.

While I think it’s useful to debate which instructional strategies might be most engaging and effective for our students and also enable teachers to say they are implementing Common Core, I just think it’s less useful to fight a battle that has already been lost.

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I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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