Oakley Teachers Defend Common Core


By Brittany Cooper

Oakley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Two Oakley teachers are standing behind the Common Core State Standards.

45 states, including Idaho have adopted the Common Core standards.

This a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade, focusing in the areas of English Language Arts and Math.

Critics argue the standards do not guarantee improvements in testing on the global scale.

But proponents say the standards are designed to make students more prepared for college or the workforce.

"They need to be problem solvers, not problem makers. We've taught kids for many years that all they had to have is the right answer and if they can guess well on the test, they're fine. But what we really want them to do with the Common Core is to go deeper into every subject with true understanding, that they can explain their thinking, explain how they arrived at their answer, show someone else their reasoning. So they become truly understanding of the topics they're learning", explains Anne Mitton, a 3rd grade teacher at Oakley Elementary School.

Vicki Babbitt, a 6th grade teacher adds, "so it's given us all kinds of freedoms to be an individualized teacher, we're not being told how to do it, or what to do, just follow the standards so it's given us a lot of freedom to be creative, which is what teachers love, that's why we teach."

Mitton adds another misconception is teachers don't teach students to write anymore.

But she claims it's outlined in the first and second grade standards that students will learn to read, write and print all of the letters in the alphabet.

She says a good teacher can't teach reading without writing.

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