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Teachers’ Response
Volume 119, Program 19
4/10/2014
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No matter how well intentioned policymakers are, the further they are from a problem, the less effective their solution tends to be. Can goals generated by bureaucrats in Washington yield world-class educational outcomes? Tune in now as host Mike Smith and Ian Reid discuss the impact of Common Core standards on today’s students. That’s next on Home School Heartbeat.

Mike Smith: Building the Machine includes interviews with several public school teachers. What did they have to say about Common Core, Ian?

Ian: Well, we talked to some of the most respected public school teachers in the country. Schoolteachers who’ve won several awards, teachers from schools like the Chicago Laboratory School, and they have a big concern about the systemization, the standardization, and the way that, in their own words, they would describe education becoming an assembly-line approach.

Mike: So you’re saying that the teachers are concerned that they’re not being able to address the individual needs of the children, is that right?

Ian: Yeah, the teachers we talked to have a large concern that the Common Core is going to pigeonhole teachers into a very specific specified way of teaching children and will not allow them to have creativity in the classroom, will not allow them to specifically tailor training to the children in the classroom, and that’s a large concern.

Mike: Ian, that’s good information because we homeschool leaders would agree with these teachers. We need to be addressing the individual needs of the student. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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