Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Unintended (and Mostly Ignored) Lesson of Common Core: Race Inequity | the becoming radical

The Unintended (and Mostly Ignored) Lesson of Common Core: Race Inequity | the becoming radical:

THE UNINTENDED (AND MOSTLY IGNORED) LESSON OF COMMON CORE: RACE INEQUITY



You would be well advised to read Andre Perry’s examination of Common Core and race, carefully and possibly more than once: How Common Core serves white folks a sliver of the black experience.
I would also like to draw your attention to two key points that may get lost in the provocative and powerful crux of Perry’s piece:
I simply can’t manufacture the passion for or against curricula reboots or changes that eventually must happen. I’m sure there’s someone still lobbying for Home Economics as a required course, but gladly most have progressed. The researcher in me can’t argue against wanting a better means to measure educational performance nationwide. However, having the ability to compare performances among groups hasn’t brought educational justice to black and brown students[emphasis added]. Still, I know that kids overcome….
As Sen. Lamar Alexander-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. rewrite No Child Left Behind, they must consider giving teachers the freedom to teach while providing consequences to those districts and schools that don’t provide the education all students deserve [emphasis added].
Finally, I want to make two responses to Perry’s piece—with the caveat that I am not suggesting my perspective is better but that I have held nuanced differences with some of the important issues Perry is raising.
First, unlike Perry, I do not support Common Core because I do not support any standards changes as well as the inevitable high-stakes testing standards-based reform produce because—as Perry himself notes above—standards and high-stakes testing have not (and will/can not) create the equity in education all children deserve.
And finally, I am an advocate for the inverse of what Perry has scathingly recognized about the backlash against The Unintended (and Mostly Ignored) Lesson of Common Core: Race Inequity | the becoming radical:

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