Common Core: Blame the Implementations
I hear a lot of people blaming Common Core for the crazy homework and curriculum seen in the wild. This blame is mostly misplaced because Common Core is simply a set of Standards; it does not prescribe the curriculum, tests, homework, etc that schools are using. This is the part that many frustrated educators and parents are having trouble grasping. They are absolutely correct that the "Common Core" homework being given is sub-standard crap but then make the mistake of blaming the Common Core standard when they should be looking at curriculum creators, the publishing industry, etc.Hung-Hsi Wu, a mathematics professor at Berkeley and one of the expert advisers in the Common Core process, blames the Common Core's problems on bad — and ubiquitous — textbooks that the publishing industry is reluctant to change.The backlash has both annoyed and baffled the writers. "When I see some of those problems posted on Facebook, I think I would have been mad, too," McCallum says. Daro tells a story about his grandson, who brought home a math worksheet labeled "Common Core," with a copyright date of 1999.And that is the irony of the debate over the standards, and what may be their undoing. As powerful and influential in reshaping American classrooms as the standards could be, they don't include lesson plans, or teaching methods, or alternative strategies for when students don't get it.
Math Standard: http://www.corestandards.org/Math/
ELA Standard: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/