Academic journal article Language Arts

How Do I Fear Thee, Common Core?

Academic journal article Language Arts

How Do I Fear Thee, Common Core?

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How do I fear thee, Common Core?

Let me count the ways.

I fear thee to the depth of untested standards

and the breadth of questionable sources,

as corporations set the educational agenda and reap profits from materials,

programs, and tests.

I fear thee for the tracking of students from preschool throughout their lives

in databases composed of 400 information points

and known to not only the Department of Education,

but to Labor and HHS as well.

I fear thee deeply for the swiftness of the shift from the toxins of NCLB

to the neatly dressed but false proclamations of teacher choice and decision-making

that saturate your public talk.

I fear thee intensely,

as reflective teachers are not duped and retreat once again

to the cracks of their imaginations and privacy of their classrooms

to engage in authentic teaching. …

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