Starting next year Marion County Schools will be switching over from 21st Century Standards, measured by the WESTEST to Next Generation Standards, otherwise known as the Common Core.
Students and teachers are going to see some distinct shifts in English language arts and math, that put a lot of focus on vocabulary and basic math facts. Marion County Schools have been trying to prepare teachers over the last two years with workshops on how to change their curriculum maps, so they can teach to these standards, which will have students reading non-fiction for information and evidence, learning to write using that evidence, and looking closely at more challenging material. They will also learn more about key topics in math, develop speed and accuracy, and put more emphasis on solving real-world problems.
Basically, the Common Core standards will measure how well students can think critically and apply what they've learned to solve problems, but the main reason our state adopted the standards is that there's pressure on a national level to implement these standards.
"We've pretty much moved over to those standards because it was a national push, and if we're going to compare ourselves to other areas of the country, then we probably should be looking at, our we teaching our children the same kinds of things?" said Randy Farley, administrative assistant for curriculum and instruction for Marion County Schools.
Administrators are confident that they're teachers will be able to adapt to these standards and keep Marion County Schools successful.
Jun 06, 2014 at 7:31 AMThere are NO standards with common core. Is really common trash.
Randy Farley is deceiving you. The ONLY reason he and others are doing this is because Obama WANTS this "liberal propagandist" curriculum and he wants it so bad he's offering HUGE FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS to those states that 'accept' this substandard indoctrinating trash! Do you know that the liberals have even "re-written" common core history books? Yeah, they leave out intentionally America's Revolutionary War. Of course your kids will be 'indoctrinated' to believe as the socialist democrats do so they won't need to have the next generation stopping them from their insane destructive policies like they're imposing/forcing upon us now. Common core reading book lists are trash not educational. Pornographic novels appears to be their TOP books for reading. Other states have already dropped this common trash from their schools after only a few months. This is just one more anti-american socialist progressive pet project to teach your kids "WHAT" to think; not "HOW" to think for themselves. Feel sorry for Marion county kids and their parents. Any good parent is going to see first-hand how this bad program dumbs their children down to the point of forcing them to believe their socialist lies and opinions of America as truth and destroying America's true history!!!