Common Core, at its “core,” disrespects and distrusts teachers. It’s a program that institutionalizes the lack of trust in teachers’ capabilities and so must prescribe a strict set of specific content standards. “Common Core State Standards are inherently anti-teacher writes Kris Nielsen. Autonomy in teaching is dead. The Common Core was not written by teachers; the authors of the Common Core are the owners and no one else can stake that claim, and no one can legally change any of them, other than those owners. Regardless of how many times pro-CCSS education organizations yell about “taking ownership” of the standards, it’s legally impossible.
Common core standards have one purpose only: to be tested. The Standards are designed for all teachers to teach exactly the same way and testing is the mechanism to assure that is happening. It is for this reason that the standards are coded alphanumerically.
Teachers say they want to be “respected;” but that translates into political-speak of “more pay.” How many times did I hear education associations testify at the N.C. Legislative CC Study sessions that we show respect to teachers by paying them more? Nielsen reminds us that in order for teachers to get the profession back with a commensurate salary, we need to do more than respect our teachers–we need to trust them.
Educational groups must stop telling their membership that Common Core is the system that will give them back “respect.” You can’t do that with Common Core, because it’s a system that doesn’t trusts teachers.