My chief criticism of the Common Core at this point is that it is being touted as a cure-all for our nation’s educational problems, but in fact it will not cure all.
Mediocre teachers implementing the Common Core within the context of our current mediocre schools will only produce mediocre learning outcomes in students.
What we need in our schools is intellectual rigor and excitement, and you don’t get those through mandates.
You notch education up to the level we seek when you attract intellectually excited, experienced, passionate teachers to the classroom. These are the people who can produce the results we are looking everywhere to find.
The Common Core mandates what the best teachers already do. I think we should put the money we are spending on Common Core products into teacher salaries instead. We’d get more bang for the buck by attracting the best teachers to our schools.
This does not mean the Common Core standards are not valuable. In fact many are well thought out, particularly for the older grades. However they aren’t the be all and end all. They are simply a tool. We should look deeper. If we want to produce excellent educational outcomes we need to attract – and nurture, and keep – excellent teachers.