Perhaps because I’ve been working with teachers who are well on their way toward full implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics, once in a while I forget that there is still some resistance to standards in general, and the Common Core in particular, among educators. Here’s the best response I’ve seen so far: The ‘Monster’ at the End of the Common Core. (The title pulled me in — it turns out to be a perfect analogy, which is why I’m shamelessly using it for this post. But no, group theorists, it’s not that Monster. Wait — “Friendly Giant”? Is it blue?)
My only small quibble with the piece is the opening: “I’m a progressive. A dyed-in-the-wool, hardcore constructivist.” I understand that Laura Thomas is speaking to fellow self-identified progressive educators, and she does so quite effectively. But at least one of the authors of the Common Core mathematics standards has said that he took on the project in hopes of ending the Math Wars, and I can just see the former combatants from the “other” side getting twitchy with her flying the constructivist banner right up front. Am I over-thinking this? Probably. In any case I just might send the article to a CC-resistant friend. I hope he at least reads this part:
I think that, if we’re as smart and committed as we say we are, we can use the common core as a stepping stone to better outcomes for all of our kids. And by “outcomes” I don’t mean just “test scores.” I mean, you know, learning. Engagement. Success.