On math:Superintendent response:
- Jason Zimba, “lead architect” of CC math standards, says that CC math will not prepare students for STEM careers or for admission to selective colleges (see attached). How are we dealing with that?
- Has the high school coordinated with grades K-8 to discuss whether teachers in those grades are using CC’s slower math sequence – and if so, with how many students?
- Whither the flipped classroom? Common Core requires more reading, more challenging reading, and broader reading: how does “more reading” square with students spending up to two hours a night watching Powerpoints?
- Are students reading any texts written prior to the 20th century?
- Are students reading any of the exemplar texts recommended by Common Core guidelines?
- How much time in English class is devoted to nonfiction?
- What types of nonfiction are students reading in English class?
- Has The Lucifer Effect been retired?
- Will next summer’s reading lists be consistent with Common Core’s emphasis upon serious works of literary fiction and nonfiction?
- Has any thought been given to creating a coherent, sequential, historically-organized curriculum in literary studies that would allow students to perceive the influence of earlier works on later ones (a critical component in understanding and appreciating fiction)?
- Has any thought been given to providing a serious survey course in British literature?
- Has any thought been given to teaching the Bible as literature (again: critically important to understanding the allusions in fiction)?
- What does “close reading” look like at Irvington High School? (Since we last spoke, I’ve read the CC exemplars of close reading. The middle school’s work example, although it does show a student using evidence from the text to support a point, isn’t a close reading as CC defines the term.)
The presentation that has been planned for tonight is consistent with those that were delivered for the elementary and middle school levels and highlights the shifts associated with CCLS. Tonight’s presentation will not address specific concerns or topics within any one curriculum area.
Kristopher Harrison, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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