Dear Bill and Melinda ~
A reader on Diane Ravitch’s blog posted an interesting observation about Common Core State [sic] Standards.
Funny, but we noticed lately: There seem to be so many questions and observations about Common Core, now that people are finally being made aware of just what CCSS consists of and how these standards will impact children. But that will probably be another blog one day.
Let’s just consider 5 year olds and Common Core for a minute…
Diane’s reader made this observation:
“Here in Clark County Nevada we have been treated to a special pep talk by our new superintendent, a 25 year veteran of the district and a former kindergarten teacher. He stated on Jon Ralston’s show that we will have to step up to meet the Common Core standards. He bluntly stated that from his experience kindergarten would be teaching what he said were 2nd and 3rd grade concepts in his time. I am glad for his honesty, but I am sure reality will intrude on his wish that children attain and perform at levels that are developmentally inappropriate. I am not sure he is enough of a bureaucrat to know he made an admission that others should amplify. Our kids aren’t stupid, our schools aren’t failing, the tests are not appropriate.”
Since you had such a heavy hand in funding, promoting, and developing the Common Core State [sic] Standards, we thought we should ask you:
Do you think all kindergartners [5 year old children] should do third grade academic work?
Is Common Core making kindergarten too hard for 5 year old children?
Please let us know what YOU think about this.
We’re really quite curious.
Teachers’ Letters To Bill Gates