The Common Core curriculum can cause a stalemate between teachers more insurmountable than that of the 113th US Congress. Some love it. Some hate it.
A recent article published on EdWeek criticizes David Coleman, an architect of the Common Core Standards, for his crass assessment of creative writing. Coleman is quoted as saying: “Forgive me for saying it so bluntly, the only problem with …that [creative] writing is that as you grow up in this world you realize people don’t really give a [expletive] about what you think and feel.” Eeek. Scary to think he is behind the largest overhaul of the US education system.
Paul Horton’s article in EdWeek makes an elegant counterargument in support of storytelling, a natural human instinct and a strategy for connection.
My question is, why does analytical thinking (touted by the Common Core Standards as paramount) have to be divorced of feelings and emotions? Why can’t we ask students to analyze their feelings? Why can’t the curriculum be a platform for evidence gathering, analytical writing and self-analysis? Or, would that be too uncomfortable for everyone??
Perhaps today’s children will grow up to enter a work world with ornery individuals like David Coleman who won’t care how they feel.
That does change the fact that they need to be able to analyze how they feel and react accordingly. With these skills, they can choose the right reasons for getting out of bed in the morning to face these challenging colleagues and, more importantly, choose how to temper those feelings when they are so rudely addressed.
It’s our job as educators to teach them those skills, no matter the standards.
Check back for Common Core aligned lesson plans to start this process.