Dear Bill and Melinda ~
A Wisconsin public school kindergarten teacher named Sue commented on our recent blog: Is Common Core making kindergarten too hard for 5 year old children?
Sue, like many other teachers, is ready to quit. We hope she will stay and fight with us.
Here’s how Common Core has impacted her and her children this year:
“As a Wisconsin Kindergarten teacher who just completed a school year under the Common Core ELAINE and Math Standards, I am sickened by the expectations I was forced to have of my 5 year old CHILDREN. My stomach was turning everyday as I cried tears in my head when I needed to deliver 70+ minutes of sit down reading instruction and 60 minutes of workbook math instruction everyday. Free time and time for socializing was out. Even formal scheduled snack time, no science or social studies in the name of a reading level of D for ALL and fluency in math facts to 10. I could go on an on about no time for classroom art, music or FUN! It makes me want to quit. Speaking against only got me threats of no job and trouble. Still trying to do something about it with a fake smile.”
~ Sue, A Public School Kindergarten Teacher in Wisconsin
We hope you answer, Sue and perhaps come visit some of these schools with stressed out children and stressed out teachers to see what Common Core is doing to America’s public schools.
Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates