I'm switching it up with this post; I want the bulk of the content to come from you, the intrepid readers. I hear what so many of you are saying on Twitter or Facebook or your own blogs or in newspapers and books or at workshops and conferences, and I'm just like, “Dude, there's a lot out there.”
I'm also aware that Teaching the Core is experiencing a mini-explosion right now: over the last three months, average views per day have increased from 200 to 345 to a current February pace of 480. That's nuts! To the educational thought leaders of the day, that's like, peanuts, but to this average teacher in rural Michigan, that's more ridiculous than eating raw pumpkin innards.
But here's what really excites me about that kind of traffic: what if a bunch of those Teaching the Core readers were each to take three minutes or so to give a snapshot of their current position on the Common Core? What insights might we gain into the current state of this experiment in educational nationalization?
What's your take?
We're just past halfway through the traditional academic calendar. Last fall in districts and buildings and classrooms around the USA, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) began to seriously enter curricular and pedogogical conversations.
- In some cases, there has been no room for conversation. The “Powers That Be” have said their piece, and those below have been expected to fall in and get it done.
- In others, there's been nothing but conversation. “Common Core” is a nice addition to an edu-jargon-athon, but it hasn't really changed anything.
- And in still others, the CCSS has started productive conversations about what it means to promote college- and career-readiness through our K-12 schools.
But those are just my hunches. Is the CCSS impacting your world as a teacher or parent or student or administrator or citizen? Is that impact positive, negative, or negligible? Please leave a comment! Make your comment a sentence, an editorial, a diatribe, a tribute, an argument, an explanation, an anecdote, a poem, a bumper sticker slogan, a link to a video of you rapping — dude, just say something.
My goal is 100 unique commenters on this post — that's pretty audacious considering our highest comment count for a post so far is 22 comments, but it's also crazy doable considering that, at the time of this posting, Teaching the Core has 424 subscribers.
So that's what I'm looking for. At least 100 people — students, teachers, parents, professors, administrators, plumbers, politicians — saying something to the question(s) below.