Education, Media, Politics

Are You Smarter Than a 5-Year Old? Kindergarten Common Core

Until Amazon’s Jeff Bezos – new owner of The Washington Post – realizes Valerie Strauss isn’t pro-corporate education reform and drops her like a bad habit, you need to read her blog, The Answer Sheet. Last week, she posted this gem about Common Core standards for kindergarteners:

To get an idea of what they say, below are the English Language Arts and math standards for kindergarteners. You should know that some early education experts have criticized the English-Language Arts standards, arguing that they do not square with what is known about early childhood development.

The one that may well be my favorite is this:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.4 Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.

I can just picture a class of kindergarteners learning how to read emergent-reader texts with great purpose and understanding.

Whatever happened to playing? To drawing? To being a kid, for crying out loud?

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