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My Common-Core Classroom – from Arkansas teacher Kathy Powers, 2011 teacher of the year

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Here, via conservative Rick Hess’s Education Week blog, is Kathy Powers, a reading and language arts teacher at Carl Stuart Middle School in Conway, AR – Arkansas teacher of the year in 2011 – talking about the Common Core.

We have all heard Common Core bashing. Statements like the Common Core will “undermine student individuality, teacher autonomy, and mark a dangerous takeover of local control.” Unlike many of the Core-bashing voices, I am a classroom teacher with actual experience teaching with Common Core, and I beg to differ.


Education is one of the most local endeavors in our country. The students and their families are local, most teachers are local, and many educational decisions are made by local school boards and district administrators. That works well for the most part, and it would all be fine if all our students had to do was compete for local jobs or college positions with just their local peers. However, those of us who are parents of high school seniors know that our children are competing for college positions on a national level and jobs on an international level. Our children already experience national measures of the SAT and the ACT, so we need to make sure the curriculum has the rigor to prepare them well no matter what community they are from.

read Kathy’s whole post at My Common-Core Classroom – Rick Hess Straight Up – Education Week.


  1. Gadsden Gurl says:

    What a shame that Duncan doesn’t allow other outstanding teachers to post their thoughts on this subject.

  2. Jack Blodgett says:

    Some teachers might think about designing (or re-designing) a little different venue for critical thinking about education reform and innovation. I was struck this morning by hearing that Russian audiences saw all five Olympic Rings open up during the Russian broadcast of the opening ceremony, rather than being allowed to see the glitch that allowed only four of them to open.

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