Common Core to Children: Its not About You.

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My little boy is a bundle of energy. He is curious, motivated and eager to learn. As with most kid his age, he sometimes thinks the world revolves around him and he’s right. He’s 7, it does. As it should. Because thats how kids learn….through thinking, feeling, experience and relating to things believing that they are at the center of it all.
For instance, I can tell my 7 year old time and time again not to ride his bike too fast or else he will fall off and get hurt. I can explain to him that when I was a child, I fell off my bike and got hurt. If I ask him to learn from MY mistake, will he? No, of course not.
Until that day that he actually rides his bike too fast and falls off and skins his own knee, he will never fully appreciate what I have been telling him. Only after experiencing and relating himself to the event will he learn his own lesson.
Beyond that, what my child needs to do, is relate to an experience himself in order to understand it more fully. He needs to form his own opinion about it. He needs to have some insight into himself to relate to what I am talking to him about.
I think thats normal. Your kids probably think that way too. Its normal.
But, common core doesnt think so.
Common core doesnt give a shit about what your child thinks or feels. Your child is irrelevant.

Indeed, nearly all of the reading standards in each grade require text-dependent analysis; accordingly, aligned curriculum materials should have a similar percentage of text-dependent questions.

As the name suggests, a text-dependent question specifically asks a question that can only be answered by referring explicitly back to the text being read. It does not rely on any particular background information extraneous to the text nor depend on students having other experiences or knowledge; instead it privileges the text itself and what students can extract from what is before them.

In other words, the standards expect students as young as 5 to read and then struggle with text dependent information. They are not permitted, under the common core, to consider their own experiences or use any self insight to answer or consider the passage.

Is it so wrong to ask students to make inferences that are meaningful to them beyond what is explicitly stated in a text?
I watched a video of Chancellor Tisch and found her completely disconnected from what is really happening to students and educators in our public schools. She commented that “students become owners of facts that are useful in their lives, thanks to common core”.–chancellor-of-the-state-board-of-regents-discusses-education-reform.html
This statement defies logic.
The crux of common core eliminates text to self knowledge and emphasizes text dependent knowledge. In other words, in evaluating ELA test questions and lessons, the child’s opinions and perceptions dont count. What matters is only what is written within the four corners of the page. What matters is not the child, but the subject of the passage.
While that is helpful in some sense, it is human nature for all of us to learn best by experience – particularly children.
The student is not allowed to consider his own feelings or opinion in any situation, all that matters is the subject of the text. A child who cannot relate through his own feelings and experience will not understand concepts and cannot learn. The child has no ownership over information that is being fed to him – the child is simply regurigutating someone else’s facts & experiences and claiming them as his own.
Common core requires children to focus on text dependent concepts. But our children should be learning to be his/her own person….with his/her own ideas and thoughts. Tisch’s notion that cc provides children an opportunity to gain ownership of facts is completely wrong. The measure requires students regurgitate facts and experiences of OTHERS.
Indeed, in this nauseating slide, from Achieve the Core, ALL reading should be done with an eye toward instruction. Your teacher should not bother wasting time getting to know about your child or how he feels about things.
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The character becomes the cerntral focus of the text. How the child relates to the character, does not count.

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 Why? Because that it what the tests are based on. It is easier to standardized test questions and score them when all students are expected to think about Casey’s experiences and not their own in answering a question. It probably more efficient for the test developer, cheaper and easier to standardize then actually having to gauge the fact that children may have different life experiences that frame how they have learned.
Since children are not cogs, common core seeks to standardized their thought process as much as possible so when testing season comes along, they can be more easily and efficiently assessed.

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 It is also easier to market material and sell products when students are expected to focus only on the 4 corners of the text in school and their own life does not count.

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 Non text dependent questions require a child to form an opinion about something. God forbid….

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 Text dependent questions could care less about what the child thinks, all that matters is what Alice thinks.

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Seriously? Who the heck cares what books Alice find useful. Frankly, I am raising my child to think for himself.

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The crux of common core – it’s not about YOU. Your child does not count. He does not matter. Your child’s personal opinion, background info and imagination are cast aside in favor of the 4 corners of a text. Your child is required to regurgitate facts without being offered any opportunity whatsoever to relate, experience or form their OWN opinion on the subject.

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This should be no surprise. Chancellor Tisch is disconnected from reality. But, wasnt it David Coleman who said, as you grow up in this world, you realize people dont really give a shit about what you feel or what you think:
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Yes, David. As the architect of common core, in drafting common core – you have made it very clear that you do not care what our children think or feel.
Problem is, you are wrong. I care  what children  think and feel – and so do parents and teachers. That’s one reason of many – why we are refusing the test.

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