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Common Core and how it affects our children.

on July 25, 2014

The common core is quickly being adopted by states and nobody even knows what it is! Several states instead of adjusting learning to developmental progress, information retention, building better foundations, have decided to teach children equally and without conceptual progression. This common core ideology -which is- one for all, all for one- everyone needs to be taught in a way to retain information- sustainable education. First grade knowledge serves second grade ,second grade knowledge serves third grade, third grade knowledge to fourth and so on. Each grade builds on the previous grade- sounds wonderful in theory- BUT….
Children’s brains don’t learn that way. They learn from scaffolding early experiences, building knowledge and retaining information because it has meaning. The young learner needs to reach specific milestones before the next step occurs. Teaching with meaning, not just building information- two entirely different theories. For instance, writing- you can push writing all you want, but if the specific hand muscles aren’t developed, negative muscle memory builds in the brain, and the child won’t learn, won’t build learning muscle sense, won’t write! Not only will the child get frustrated lashing out in anger, theses children tend to not like school. Frustration becomes the norm setting a precedence in learning. One simple educational error! This is the biggest problem with common core.
There is no one standard that will work in education. This is why our education system keeps failing. Education needs to be developed around brain development and the individual child’s needs. There are several states that ARE coming downward with developmental standards for the young child.(first grade down to kindergarten, down to preschool).They are implementing early learning STATE standards. It does encompass PLAY, learning with meaning, and professional development for their K-3 teachers. It has been hit and miss because neuro scientists and educators never thought this way before. Educational theory has always been at the high school level. Why do our children fail? Why do they drop out? What can we do? We blame the bad teachers….
Rhode Island, Iowa, New Jersey and Arizona are trying to implement a system that keeps/ or provides, developmentally appropriate education until 3rd grade. This supports the child’s brain development and set a foundation for the synapse to transmit information correctly.( as the child builds information).
Iowa has done testing to see if improvement has happened and follows the child’s development in education. It is a fundamental change in education- it is difficult to make government programs follow new educational developments, because it is policy that get in the way of learning. This educational pedagogy is not a trend,a money making idea, it is scientifically based- this pedagogy develops brain responses around education, setting up the new learner for success.


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