Monday, October 28, 2013
How does Common Core address poverty? Spoiler alert it doesn’t.
Trey Czar was on the radio program First Coast Connect and was asked how Common Core addresses poverty and poverty friends’, not low standards is the number one problem facing our schools. Mr. Czar said good question, we have to break the cycle of poverty and education is how we do it.
Um okay, but rather than answering the question it seems more like he twisted himself into a pretzel. Does common core take care of hungry children’s bellies, or make neighborhoods safer. Does it give parents to worried about how they are going to put food on the table the time and energy to help their children out? Does it give kids more time to learn material and put our best teachers in our struggling schools? Does it put into place social workers and mental health counselors because why a kid acts up or does poorly in school often has nothing to do with school?
The answer to all those questions is a resounding, no.
It does however siphon millions and millions out of the classroom and into testing companies bank accounts.
The problem with common core is not the standards; it is it doesn’t address the problem.