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September 09, 2009
October 09, 2009
Fordham has commissioned the former editorial page editor of the Dayton Daily News, Ellen Belcher, to interview educators from across Ohio to learn about their hopes and concerns per early efforts to implement the Common Core in their districts and schools.
The report, Future Shock: Early Common Core Lessons from Ohio Implementers, will be released next week, but some of Belcher’s findings are worth reporting early because this is such a burning issue for schools and educators across the state. Here is a quick sample of some of what Belcher discovered in speaking with real educators working in real schools to implement the Common Core in the Buckeye State:
The educators in Ohio interviewed by Belcher, the people on the frontlines of our schools who work daily with our kids, see the move toward the Common Core as a positive. But, they worry seriously about the implementation challenges, and they fear that somehow our political leadership class will screw all of this up and turn a good into something bad. Or, as one Cleveland educator remarked, “the Common Core is the right work we should be doing as a country.” “But let’s not make this the metric system of our time… and all of sudden stop.” This is thoughtful guidance from someone actually doing the work.
Visit www.edexcellence.net next Friday, May 18, to download Future Shock: Early Common Core Lessons from Ohio Implementers.