A Georgia high school English teacher, D’Lee Pollock-Moore, has taught the subject for eleven years now and has a strong opinion on the woes of Common Core. She gives seven examples of the faults of the standardized education program, mainly highlighting problems within the English department.
One of Moore’s biggest issues with the standards is that students are no longer being taught specific literary genres and techniques. Instead, they are taught a vague understanding of ideas like character types. Moore writes:
“The Common Core standards do not even address character types in any grade level, yet character types remain on testing materials and example lesson plans published by many states.“
Whereas students used to learn about the protagonist, antagonist and tragic hero, these very basic literary components are now completely swept under the rug.
Moore goes on to talk about how genre is completely ignored within Common Core standards. Of several literary genres including fiction, short story, novel and poem, the only term addressed today is drama. She shares her frustration with valid questions that we should all be asking for the sake of future generations:
“Why are we not required to still teach genres in middle and high school? Why is poetry, one of the most important bibliotherapy tools for our children, not even acknowledged in the standards? Are Longfellow, Dickinson, and Ginsberg now irrelevant?”
She continues posing valid questions throughout her blog asking why Common Core does not teach fundamental skills, such as resume writing or how to write a professional email. The program’s entire goal, so it says, is to prepare students to succeed in college, career, and life; however, if a student is not being taught items he or she will have to know in order to obtain a job, then there is a problem with the current program.
Moore’s biggest issue with Common Core, however, is the powerful advocates behind the creation and implementation of the standards. Despite the fact that parents and educators are fed up with the failing program, it continues within school systems due to corporate supporters and advocacy from organizations like The Gates Foundation. Moore concludes:
“The people who benefitted from Common Core financially are mendacious; they used their own agendas to serve their own financial purposes, disregarding the thousands of educators and millions of students who continue to pay the cost of the Common Core.”
Remember that you have a voice in the fight. Look into these corporations who are supporting Common Core, because as we saw last week, The Gates Foundation has no intention of backing away from the program. Click here to see a list of many corporations that have financially supported and/or directly advocated for the implementation of Common Core State Standards.