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Curriculum: The Missing Link


<i>More detailed than even the most thorough state standards, but less detailed than textbooks and daily lesson plans, a high-quality common core curriculum would clearly define what teachers should teach and when students should learn it.</i> Different kids are ready at different times. Once you standardize everything there is little room for the necessary tweaking. Besides, in reality, adopting CCS is a way of implementing a test-based teacher rating/accountability system, not a way to help kids.

FLUENCY...THE MISSING LINK IN EDUCATION REFORM: There has never been a published study to see if fluency at writing the alphabet in K-1 facilitates the acquisition of literacy and prevents reading problems. Neither has there been a published study to see if fluency in delivering correct answers to simple addition facts in second-grade leads to subsequent mastery of arithmetic and science. I personally have ample evidence that both of these possibilities are true. The "establishment" doesn't want to see such studies, because they believe the brains of problem students are "different". Journalists don't want to upset education professors, school psychologists, or teachers' unions because of circulation. Politicians don't want to "go there" because of votes. However, such studies are simple, cheap and easy. The problems with our schools are immense and of over-riding importance. It is time to think of our country, and not of personal gain. Please read the following carefully, and act responsibly! Sincerely, Bob Rose


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