4th January, 2013

At first glance the standards don’t leap out as a problem. Take, for example, Common Core’s first writing standard for grades six, seven and eight (almost identical across grades): “Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.”

This goal undoubtedly sounds reasonable to adults, who have a much better idea of what “claims” are, what “relevant evidence” is and even what an academic “argument” is. But most children have a limited understanding of this meta-language for the structure of a composition.

So I explored Common Core’s standards for reading informational text in grades three, four and five (and then in grades six, seven and eight) and discovered nothing on what a claim or an argument is, or on distinguishing relevant from irrelevant evidence.

In other words, the grades six, seven and eight writing standards are not coordinated with reading standards in grades three to eight that would require children to read the genre of writing their middle-school teachers are expecting them to compose. Middle-school teachers are being compelled by their grade-level standards to ask their students to do something for which the students will have to use their imaginations.

SANDRA STOTSKY, Ph.D., Which Way for Indiana? | Hoosiers Against Common Core

Just click the link and read the whole thing.

Notes

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  7. theroundandthelovely said: I was having a discussion with a colleague today and we noted that the people doing the common core obviously didn’t bother to task analyze anything. This is an example of that. You need the tool skills before you can work on the composite skills.
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