Important questions the media should be asking about the new curriculm
From a reader:
SOMEONE still needs to ask VITTI:
1. Why are we using a curriculum that the original writers have "kicked to the curb?"
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2. AND WHAT ACTUALLY MAKES THIS CURRICULUM "HIGHER LEVEL?"
3. IS ANYONE else in the country using this curriculum? I would be interested to know, and if so, how are their teachers adjusting it, or are they doing what we are expected to do, teach it word for word on the day the "higher ups" decide is the day to teach it.
4. Average teachers????? What does that mean ? Why would he have "average teachers" working in Duval County? This article demonstrates his lack of confidence in the teachers working in the district. If that is the case, what professional development has he offered beyond Teachers Academy in the summer? We no longer have The Schultz Center to provided what is NEEDED-Vitti got rid of it.
5. The Common Core Standards DO NOT determine what is taught. If Vitti is alluding to a perception that the 1st grade content taught through Duval Reads is part of the Common Core Standards (we actually use Florida Standards) then he doesn't know what is in the standards.
First graders need to learn about the world around them, their family, their school , their community. This is COMMON KNOWLEDGE AMONG EDUCATORS and why this curriculum is developmentally inappropriate. An expert on the Ammendments is not an expert on what is appropriate for first graders to learn. Why didn't you talk to someone who writes curriculum for 1st grade?
Did you know in third grade the books used with Duval Reads were so questionable that parents could opt out? WHY WOULD YOU EVER use books/content that could even be questioned with our youngest students?
I am begging you to help us and our students. No grade, using Duval Reads is exempt from the disaster that looms ahead. I am so concerned about my third graders failing the reading test because of this curriculum. And, most will fail third grade if they do not pass the test. It will not end this year as these 1st and 2nd graders will Not be prepared for testing in the coming years if we continue using this curriculum.
By the way, what curriculum do the highest performing districts use? I AM SURE IT IS NOT THIS ONE!