I’ve stated this before – Common Core is bad for special needs and minority students. So has Dr. Gary Thompson. Let’s try it again, from a teacher.
Bear in mind that this teacher is fine with the flawed and experimental standards, just not when it is applied to specific sets of kids.
Emma O. taught at a public school in Atlanta where 96% of students are economically disadvantaged for two years through the Teach for America program.
Here’s what she told us via email:
Common Core is well-intentioned with its goal being that everyone graduate from high school “college and career ready.” That’s an important outcome. However, my students struggle with basic proficiency in many areas. Our high school’s graduation rate was 43% last year — and of the kids who did graduate, they will most certainly struggle even if they do go on to college. To me, our main…