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One of the biggest education battles in New Hampshire right now is the battle over the Common Core standards. Some people oppose it, so cannot wait to start using it, and some already see the benefits.
This week Bill Duncan blogged about the NH Union Leader’s coverage of Common Core. Because each post is too long to combine into one I am going to give you a excerpt and the link so you can read them all. I suggest you read them all, in order to understand the progression of the articles.
“There’s one detail I would expand on. You could get the impression that Manchester and Alton made similar decisions about the Common Core but they were really quite different. The Alton school board voted 3-2 to express its lack of support for the Common Core in its one school. The Manchester school board voted 13-1 in favor of implementing its own standards based on the Common Core. As a practical matter, neither district will have the capacity to develop an alternative to the Common Core or adopt an alternative to the Smarter Balanced assessment aligned to the Common Core and adopted by the State.”
“Common Core opponents frequently make the this “method doesn’t matter” point. But what if Mr. DiPietro’s daughter got to 19 by counting on her fingers and toes? Learning math is a accumulation of skills. Counting on her fingers would not serve Ms. DiPietro well in Algebra I. (On the other hand, the student pointing to his brain is on the right track if he means, “I have become fluent in addition. I just see 19 when I see 12+7.”)
The Common Core calls for the kind of good instruction Ms. DiPietro’s teacher is providing: trying to ensure that students are fluent enough in the basics of math to solve real world problems. Mr. DiPietro has crystalized the argument for the Common Core.”
“There was an interesting – more telling than interesting – anti-Common Core opinion piece in today’s Union Leader.”
“Even in Manchester, recently famous for voting to create its own standards, the Common Core is deeply rooted. On the last day of the Union Leader series on the Common Core, Reporter David Solomon reports on a Gossler Park first grade classroom alive with Common Core based learning:”
As I stated earlier, Bill Duncan does amazing work with Advancing NH Public Education. If you are an education policy wonk then you should follow his blog. He covers much more that I ever could.
You can see all ANHPE’s posts on Common Core by clicking here.