Okay, well it's 10:25, and I should be in bed watching Parenthood, but I just can't get out of the Common Core Blues! As many of you know, I live in the great state of Indiana. Born and raised a Hoosier, I have a lot of pride in my state, but I'm confessing I am very nervous for what lies ahead. I am not typically a political analyst, nor do I ever talk politics with friends or family, but sometimes things just get you where it hurts.
And this one hurts. I'm not sure exactly why it does, but let me explain the situation. A vast majority of you have adopted the Common Core State Standards and Indiana has been right alongside this whole time. We have spent time taking apart the standards, analyzing the nouns and verbs to decipher what our kids should know and be able to do, spent many a PD days on what this shift means, yadda yadda yadda. We've looked through textbooks with a critical eye on how they incorporate the CCSS within their text. Now we have textbooks based on how well they cover the CCSS.
But wait...we currently have a bill that is going to void any changes that have been made to standards since 2010! Yep, you heard me! CCSS would be gone just as we get going! Our legislators believe that Indiana can develop better standards that align to a better assessment (not PARCC). Anyway, I just feel like the word "void" makes everyone think that all of our learning and work will be void. The connotation of this has just bugged me.
So, I wrote my senator...and he wrote me back! I was excited to exercise my writes, although I didn't love his response. At least he took the time to give me a detailed reason as to why he was voting to void the change in CCSS.
Okay, I am done. For today. The vote is tomorrow. I may be back tomorrow. I may be excited. I may not be. Can any of you from non-CCSS shed light and hope on this situation? I know it won't be as bad I have in my head, and the way I present it to my staff sets the tone, but I had to get it all out.
Gotta run...to bed now (well after Parenthood is over).