Questions related to the content and the source of these questions is, indeed,
on topic and hardly disruptive to a civil discussion of the issue. No worries,
though. Folks will get it.
Colbert is dead on...
So if you read the article, the questions are created by each state, not the
feds. The point is to make sure the kids can use math and other
subjects as tools. Do you show a kid how to use a screwdriver or just have him
help you screw something together? Exactly.If you answered that you
give him a lecture on screwdrivers, you are hopeless. If you ask him all the
stuff he could do with a screwdriver you get what common core is. Math is a tool
- like a screwdriver.
His show is satire and he is playing a character. Perhaps it is best not to
hitch your wagon to satire...
I'm not an expert on common core but I do believe in teaching reading,
writing and arithmetic etc. I also believe student testing is an important
tool to judge how students are doing and teachers are doing (not the only
metric, but an important metric). 45 states voluntarily signed up for common
core. Somehow I just don't believe it can be the evil federal takeover its
portrayed and hopefully the ridiculous math problems are not typical. Standerdized testing is nice to compare apples to apples and we should be
able to agree on what "core" knowledge kids should know at certain grade
levels. Overall it doesn't sound like a bad idea. Can't we fix some
of this stuff. The ACT and the SAT are standardized and national and helps as a
buffer to rampant grade inflation. Its useful. As a parent I
want to honestly know were my kids are at compared to peers etc. More
importantly I want the testing done in such a way that over time (a three year
time frame or 5 year time frame) teachers that consitenly perform poorly
aren't just keeping a seat warm. Kids should come first not union
I've seen a lot of passive-aggressive note writing by parents on their
kids' homework returned to the teachers. Can't say I blame 'em.
Steven Colbert is hilarious!
You know this is satire right? Colbert is a liberal who often teases
conservatives with his superior knowledge and humor. A few years back he enraged
Laura Bush when he made a mockery of the then President at an awards banquet.