I’ve heard many times from many people that, “Heck, we’ll just wait it out,” is the Common Core strategy they plan on incorporating.
Please, save the hate mail. I am not calling anyone out by name. I just want to explore this notion a little bit, see where it comes from, see why people are going to embrace it, and see whether or not it actually makes sense, is fair, or resembles anything whatsoever that we would hope for in American education.
1) Where’s a “Wait it Out” mentality come from? (he said ending a sentence with a preposition as he addressed scores of English teachers)
The wait it out mentality comes from an easy place to locate. The education “reformers” change so much stuff so often that anyone who has been around the block at all for long enough in our schools has seen so many “great new things” come and go they figure Common Core will just come and go like the rest of ‘em. Instead of changing to something that is “just gonna end up changing again, anyway,” they “wait it out”.
Past is prologue, right?
2) Are there literally teachers who plan on just “Waiting it Out” when it comes to Common Core?
If you are paying attention to any of the conversations going on – online, in schools, at parties where teachers are gathering in the kitchen to talk shop – you will certainly see that, “Yo, I’m just gonna wait it out” is very much a plan some educators expect to take. Clearly, there’s a chunk of folks who very much believe that if they keep their head down, let the collateral damage fly where it inevitably will, it will not be too long before Common Core crashes to the earth as a result of its own unsustainable weight.
And the folks who played the “Yo, I’m just gonna wait it out” card are gonna smile like the cat who ate the canary. They will hold the “I told you so” card and betchya dimes to doughnuts, if the opportunity ever affords itself to them, they plan on playing it.
3) Does taking a “Wait it Out” approach to Common Core make sense?
Matter of perspective. But that question bleeds into the next one.
4) Is taking a “Wait it Out” approach to Common Core fair?
I am going to answer that with my parent hat on and being that I have a daughter who will be entering kindergarten in the fall, I think it is a good set of googles through which to view this issue.
Would it be fair to my daughter as a student in the classroom if her teacher(s) decided to not make the necessary changes that Common Core is asking her teachers to make? On purpose. Because they are not fans of Common Core or think it’s just gonna pass like yet another leaf in the educational wind. The only justification I could see for this would be if her teachers deeply believed that they’d actually be doing harm, transgressing the educator’s Hippocratic oath, if you will, should they bow to embracing the Common Core standards. Otherwise, their refusal is a much more like a form of sabotage which will hurt the school and hurt the dynamics of the staff on campus. And when those things happen, that’s bad for my daughter’s education. It saps energy, morale, and resources.
Now philosophically, I know there are people who believe that deep, deep down, Common Core is the enemy to be halted at the gates. Those people have my permission as a parent to not embrace Common Core because they are, in my estimation, answering to a higher call. Much like a soldier who is expected to follow orders unless they are issued an order by a superior officer which their own inner compass tells them is amoral or illegal, any teacher who feels in this manner about Common Core is somebody I am convinced my daughter is going to learn from in a meaningful manner, albeit a whole different lesson than most probably was intended by the folks who have brought us CC. We need counterinsurgency forces if we have gone so far off the rails that counterinsurgency is needed so yes, this is still America. Defend principles and God’s speed to you. If you are right, we will all thank you and owe you a grand apology and if you are wrong then that will have been a good thing for America because if Common Core is a bust, that will have been a bad thing for America considering that 46 states are currently signed on to roll it out in 2014.
Of course, the teacher that thinks they “know better” than the Common Core is where it gets real sticky. Because on one hand, perhaps they might? And on the other hand, Common Core is fashioned to be implemented on a teamwork basis (see the architecture of the Anchor Standards for further proof) and when a team has a hot-shot superstar who thinks they know better than everyone else – and therefore refuses to buy into the requisite “team” concept – the superstar might prosper but the team itself quite often does not.
And what is best for my daughter?
Of course, at this point I might be accused of being some sort of Orwellian nightmare come to life via blog posts (Squealer comes to mind… not sure who Napoleon is though) but since I am not running for office, I am not affiliated in any manner with the CCSSO, SBAC or PARCC, and I have not relinquished my ability to stick in mindless fart jokes simply because I can – see, I just did it – I actually might be speaking for the “real” bosses of education.
That would be the parents.
Any “wait it out-ers” who care to weigh in, by all means, have at it. If you want to fight Common Core, I say go pick up a musket. If not, jump on the team. Perhaps you are undecided still and are simply waiting before you make a decision. To that I say, waiting to decide and planning to “wait it out” are two very different things?