Common Core. I’ve been diving in like a tourist at the Great Barrier Reef with a tank full of oxygen and a new pair of fins.
Wow, is there a lot to digest.
To begin with, I want to officially go on record stating that I am a BIG FAN of Common Core. My reasons will come – probably via a conversation that will take place through blog posts over the course of the next few, well… years, if ya really want to know – but let’s get it out there right now.
If Common Core had a Facebook page, I’d hit the “like” button. (Note: It appears Common Core does have a few FB pages… but none of them appear to be “official sites”.)
Now, do I have issues with CC? Yep, sure do. However, would it ever be possible for such an undertaking as this to become manifest if the designers of CC had to wait until everyone and their uncle was onboard? Of course not.
So big picture: me likey-likey.
Entire undertaking: legit quibbles. (Okay, these “concerns” might be more than mere “quibbles” but considering the size, scope, depth and ambition of CC, quibbles is a word that is somewhat apropos. I mean, IMHO, they certainly are not “deal breakers”.)
Clearly, lots and lots and LOTS of “stuff” is going to come up as most of America embraces CC. There will be battles, sniping, political maneuverings, under-handed back-stabbings and in-your-face confrontations.
And that’s just me arguing with myself about some of this stuff. I can only imagine how this is going to play out at the local, district, state and federal level bythe time 2014 rolls around.
However, I am taking a stand and officially willing to eat crow served on rye if CC turns out to be an implosion of NCLB proportions.
But I do not think it will. I think CC offers some really great opportunities.
That’s my take and I am sticking to it. As for reasons why… stay tuned.