Common Core Kindergarten Standards
Common Core kindergarten standards lay out what your child should be able to do before entering first grade. Parents today are bombarded with tips and advice on the best practices for raising their child. But, the promoters for the Common Core Standards in Early Childhood Education are giving parents a lot of, “CaCa Del Toro”! From their very first day of nursery or preschool the education system is regulating, programming and structuring your child. There’s little time for play; the focus is on memorization of “facts.” It seems the committee members making curriculum decisions for kindergarten classrooms don’t regard playtime as learning time for your child. More and more preschool and kindergarten teachers must follow scripts from which they can’t deviate.
Common Core Early Childhood: Nancy Carlsson-Paige
But, according to renowned Author and Professor of Early Childhood Education, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, teachers reading scripted lessons to students is just the tip of the iceberg . In her Washington Post Article, A Tough Critique of Common Core on Early Childhood Education, she stated,” We reviewed the makeup of the committees that wrote the early childhood Common Core Standards. In all, there were 135 people on those panels. Not a single one of them was a K-3 classroom teacher or early childhood professional. It appears that early childhood teachers and child development experts were excluded from the K-3 standards-writing process.” read the rest of the story
“The people who wrote these standards do not appear to have any background in child development or early childhood education,” wrote Stephanie Feeney of the University of Hawaii, chair of the Advocacy Committee of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.
No Research, No Dialogue, No Teacher Input. Big Problem
The advocates of Common Core claim the standards are based in research; they’re not. There’s no convincing research certain skills or bits of knowledge, such as counting to 100 or reading a certain number of words, if mastered in kindergarten will lead to later success in school. Two recent studies show that direct instruction can actually limit young children’s learning. At best, the standards reflect guesswork not cognitive or developmental science. Also, the Common Core Standards don’t provide for ongoing research or review of the outcomes of their assumptions; a core principle of any research based study. The National Association for the Education of Young Children is the foremost professional organization for early education in the U.S. Yet, it had no role in the creation of the K-3 Core Standards.
Why were early childhood professionals excluded from the Common Core Standards project? Why were the doubts of the most knowledgeable education and health experts missing from the official record of this undertaking? Would including them have forced the committee members to face serious criticism and questions about the legitimacy of the entire project? The Common Core Standards are now the law in 46 states. But it’s not too late to unearth the facts about how and why they were created and to raise an alarm about the threat they represent. Our first task as a society is to protect our children. The imposition of these standards endangers them. To learn more about how early childhood educators are working to defend young children, see Defending the Early Years.
Common Core: Play, The 4-letter word
When did play once the distinguishing aspect of a kindergarten classroom become a four letter word? When school boards began overemphasizing and obsessing about high-standardized test scores. In their fevered efforts to raise test scores school administers required teachers to teach to the test. The new learning mantra was, “drill, drill, drill and drill some more”. Even if your child had no idea what was being taught. Spending class time filling your child’s head with information leaves no time for play or age appropriate learning that actually leads to long-term knowledge. Young children don’t learn through direct instruction or “skill and drill” worksheets. Research on cognitive development and the brain show that young children learn by constructing knowledge or wiring the brain in a more physical or active way involving all the senses. The technical term for the way a child interacts with the real world is called, “Play”. But, in order to interact in this real world environment, not the environment of paper and pencil tasks, children must be active and out of their seats.