Teachers Speak in Favor of Common Core Despite BacklashMay 18, 2016
A Michigan Senate committee recently approved a bill to repeal the Common Core, a move opposed by many teachers in the state. “Despite the backlash over the years, I do appreciate some shifts in thinking that the Common Core Standards have provided,” says Michigan middle school teacher Kathryn Morcom. “This is only our second year using Math in Focus, but we are already seeing benefits,” explains Julie Kazmierski of a lesson set aligned to the standards. “What I hate is the constant change,” adds Michele Ostrowski, who says Common Core State Standards have not been given enough time. By seeking to replace the Common Core, lawmakers risk setting schools on a path of disruption and turmoil and ultimately putting students and teachers at a disadvantage—similar to the outcome in Oklahoma.