Puppy Dog Eyes: Common Core and the Uninformed Burdens it Carries (Part 1)

Source: dcslv.org

Source: dcslv.org

I once had a parent tell me that the Common Core State Standards were “actually created by Hitler” and “Obama’s most recent way to brainwash our children.” Trying to reason with this woman was like trying to put a cold, wet bathing suit back on, nearly impossible. Though I never did get to a reasonable conclusion with this woman, she did get the wheels in my brain turning. How have the standards become so hated?

I’ve read the standards- a lot. I’ve studied them alone, in groups, with college professors. I’ve attended conferences and read books about them. I can’t find hitler, the devil, or any other evil in these standards no matter how hard I’ve tried.


While I understand that there are pros and cons to every venture, and Americans are never going to agree one-hundred percent on the Common Core initiative, we have to draw the line somewhere, right? Misinformed conclusions are being drawn about Common Core State Standards constantly. In fact, someone probably just made a misinformed decision about the matter as I was typing that sentence.

This is the first post in a series about the Common Core State Standards and all of the baggage that they carry with them. I’m not going to try to persuade you either way about the standards in this series, but I would like to invite you to take a look at the documents with me before jumping to absurd conclusions from something you’ve read on the internet, or gossip you heard at the grocery store, or a speech you heard a self-serving politician make. Your opinion is valid and respected, but only if it is driven by logical reasoning and evidence.

Stay tuned for the first post. Feel free to comment below to request specific topics relating to Common Core. I’d love your input on the content of this series.



You’re Invited

Several months ago, I received some very exciting news; I had been invited to the South Mississippi Writing Project summer institute. It is truly an honor.The National Writing Project invites teachers who have been identified as distinguished teachers of writing by their peers, and after the institute, teachers are expected to become teaching consultants. As teaching consultants, we will guide teachers in all walks of teaching in effective teaching practices, and I couldn’t be more excited.

At the beginning of this year, I would have never imagined I’d be living the life I am living this week. I am truly in teacher heaven. We’ve been reading pedagogy about teaching writing and discussing it (which is the best part), and we’ve been writing a lot, a whole lot. The premise is that to be a good teacher of writing, you must also feel confident in your own writing.

I’ve been generating a lot of fun material, some which I might share here later after some serious re-working. I’m also planning on reviewing some of the relevant books and articles I’ve been reading. Stay Tuned, there is so much more to come!