Russ Walsh gives strong voice to support from public education in a variety of ways — his old blog, Russ on Reading, carried a good deal of serious thought about the Common Core curricula recently, especially as it relates to reading.
Bookmark his site, and pay attention to what he says. This is a key issue in your state, in your schools, and in your legislature, today. If it’s not in your newspaper, you’re being steamrolled.
The Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts has come under increasing scrutiny. Here is a collection of my posts from the past year on the Common Core and some of the concerns I have about the new standards and literacy instruction.
- The CCCS: Knowledge is Power
- The Common Core in English/Language Arts: A Critically Literate Reading
- Could the Common Core Widen the Achievement Gap in Reading/Language Arts?
- Stories Matter: Where Does Story Fit in the Common Core?
- Text Complexity and the Common Core: A Close Reading, Part 1
- Text Complexity and the Common Core: A Close Reading, Part 2
- What Constitutes Rigorous Reading?
- The Blue Guitar: Towards a Reader Response Approach to Close Reading
- Does Background Knowledge Matter to Reading Comprehension?
- Defending Reader Response from the Common Core
A note only because it’s necessary to keep reminding people in Texas: CSCOPE is/was not Common Core. Texas chose not to join in the Common Core Coalition years ago.