Thursday, July 11, 2013
The South Carolina Tea Party is at it again. This time their bone of contention is the Common Core Standards for school curriculum. South Carolina is one of 45 states that has adopted the Common Core K-12 Education Standards in math, reading and language arts. The standards outline what each student should know – and know how to apply – at each grade level.
The S.C. Tea party is opposed to the standards because they are also opposed to funding public education. Many tea party members have stated that Common Core is a form of government subversion. The tea party members will be the first in line to get their Social Security checks and Medicare coverage even though they think the government can’t do anything right. If a child moves from South Carolina to New York, the expectations relative to the Common Core Standards are basically the same. The standards move students away from basic recall information to application and problem solving. They teach students how to defend their answers and how to apply them in a real world situation.
I have spent 45 years as a teacher and administrator in the public schools of South Carolina and I only wish Common Core Standards were implemented during my tenure.
Our state superintendent Dr. Zais is opposed to the standards, yet he has never taught in a public school or served as a building level administrator. His lack of experience and knowledge relative to instruction and curriculum is severely limited. This is the same superintendent who refused to accept millions of federal dollars for South Carolina schools.
Dr. Zais and his tea party allies need to form their own private school system. They can just teach reading, writing and arithmetic.
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