To the editor:
I was discouraged and disheartened to read an article titled “Teachers denounce Vitter shift” in a recent publication. The implication is that all Louisiana teachers support the Common Core standards. “Several teachers” does not constitute a consensus among teachers. As 2014-15 Caddo Parish Teacher of the Year, I can assure you that many teachers do not share the sentiments of the three teachers who were quoted. Among those who dissent are many teachers deemed “highly effective” who do not fear change.
It is not true that hundreds of educators helped develop Common Core. There were only 62 writers total. On the CCSS validation committee, there were only two teachers who were both union representatives, NO early childhood educators, NO mental health professionals, and only two content specialists, Drs. Stotsky and Milgram, both of whom refused to sign off on the CCSS.
Bill Gates, who is not even a college graduate, has provided millions in funding. In 2009, he said, “We only know if this works when the curriculum and tests are aligned with the standards.”Although standards are not a curriculum, the standards do drive the curriculum. They are inseparable.
The CCSS are a federal intrusion and the “data-mining” involved is a violation of student privacy. Many of the standards are developmentally inappropriate, particularly in the lower grades. This leads to undue stress in our students and for the parents. We need high standards, but we do not need to be part of a ten-year federal experiment on our children.