My children HATE Reading Plus. It's "Common
Core aligned." Lazy teachers love it. They can assign Reading Plus and put my children and whatever might be left
of their affection for reading into a stupor. But, baby, they got DATA. And they are DRIVEN by DATA!
My children HATE Reading Plus. Lazy teachers love it. They can lazily "give grades" and judge
children as successes or failures based on Reading Plus levels. They can also meet "district mandates" and have
"ah-HA! Gotcha!" evidence for parents when those parents come a-callin' 'round FSA ELA Reading Component failure
I HATE Reading Plus. I
hate the quickly moving white line that covers words and sentences to "increase reading efficiency" as my children
plow through another BORING reading passage--I hear their sighs being heaved-- assigned by another lazy teacher just wanting
something to put in the grade book.
children are so much more than that! I am sick of "Common Core" aligned anything. Good God, even the term
"Common Core" makes my stomach turn. Every initiative wants its resources to be "Common Core" aligned.
Yuck. I don't want my children participating in ANYTHING "common!" I want them in "unique"
and "precious." Align that!
am sick of Jeb Bush and Arne Duncan and Barack Obama and Rick Scott and Pam Stewart and John Legg--in no particular order--
being in charge of my children and their education! Get OUT of my children's lives with your heavy handed "initiatives!"
PARTNER WITH ME!
LISTEN TO ME!
You are tightening the
"you-will-NEVER-get-a-high-school-diploma" noose, aren't you? You've already got the GED "Common Core
aligned" and the results of that are devastating. Read some startling statistics here: http://dianeravitch.net/2014/12/31/shocker-after-pearson-aligns-ged-with-common-core-passing-rates-collapse/
You've got the SAT "Common Core aligned" too (who
is this guy David Coleman?): http://dianeravitch.net/2013/02/28/david-coleman-will-change-the-sat-to-align-with-common-core/.
Few high schoolers' necks will escape that noose. Young people will stand on platforms built of their earnings
of "Certificates of Completion" as you, the executioner of their futures, pull the lever.
STEP ASIDE! Let
me put some ointment on those young people's rope chafed necks. CLIMB DOWN FROM THE PLATFORM! Let me climb the platform's
stairs. I've got a way to cut through those ropes.