AMITE, La. – Teachers in Louisiana’s Tangipahoa Parish School System used last night’s school board meeting to vent their frustrations about Common Core.
The Pelican State is one of the 45 states that are using the new, nationalized math and English learning standards. But many Tangipahoa teachers aren’t happy about the Common Core transition. They claim the revamped standards are causing confusion.
Kevin Crovetto, head of the Tangipahoa teachers union, blasted the “one-size-fits-all” standards and said educators don’t know how to design Core-compatible lesson plans, according to TheAdvocate.com.
“How can we work this plan? Crovetto asked board members. “It hasn’t been planned.”
While Common Core deals only with English and math standards, it requires teachers in most other subject areas to help teach them.
High school social studies teacher Larry Morgan’s complaint about the standards is that he simply doesn’t understand how they apply to him.
“I don’t mind following orders, but I need to know what the orders are,” Morgan said, according to TheAdvocate.com.
Carolyn Waller, a high school English teacher, questioned the speed with which Common Core is being foisted onto schools.
“I just can’t understand – why are we on this bullet, this train?” Waller asked.
That’s a question more Americans have started asking over the past several months.
Even though the “experts” assure us the new standards are far superior to what schools have been using in the past, that’s just propaganda. The fact remains that nobody can say with certainty how this Common Core experiment is going to play out – because it’s never been tested on actual students in an actual state.
Core supporters refuse to acknowledge that they’re making this up as they go along, but they are.
It appears that most U.S. teachers are on board with Common Core. That’s why it’s especially heartening to hear of these Louisiana teachers pointing out the standards’ obvious deficiencies.
Americans need to hear from more educators who oppose the uniform, national standards. Maybe if enough of them speak up, it will embolden more state lawmakers to push back against this reckless experiment.
The reality is that it might be too late to roll back Common Core anytime soon; the Powers That Be were very clever in making sure the Core took root in schools before most people were aware of the program.
But at the very least, parents, teachers and taxpayers can speak out against this K-12 experiment, and be on the lookout for the new national science standards that have started coming down the tracks, and the social studies standards that will soon be following behind.