Few of the concerns were about recent budget cuts, and while there were concerns raised about teacher salaries and lack of raises, the most mentioned issue had nothing to do with money. The biggest concern was about testing and the Common Core Standards. Teachers are beyond frustrated with these standards and they are very worried about the toll Common Core is taking on students. Some of the concerns raised in regards to Common Core include:
- Children not being developmentally ready.
- Too much testing under Common Core.
- Having to keep up with too much data.
- No transitional year; “Building the plane as its flying.”
These are some of the same issues opponents of Common Core have been raising for months. Hearing this from teachers is eye-opening. How can we expect the students to gain anything from these “superior standards” if the teachers aren’t even on board?
This event was completely different than what I was expecting. I was pleasantly surprised to find out how opposed teachers are to these standards. If teachers are truly upset with Common Core then they need to come together, take control and make that clear.