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“It Sucks! “:100 Year-Old Teacher Crushes Common Core

At 100 years old, Madeline Scotto knows a thing about teaching. She’s been doing it for decades and still teaches at the school she graduated from in 1928. Scotto, who teaches math, recently sat down with Business Insider to share some of her complaints about Common Core.

“They’re making it more complicated as far as I’m concerned…four and four is eight!” Scotto said.

“It doesn’t go by the name of the method, it goes by what does well. Try and find the one that is reaching the most number of people in the easiest way,” she added. Common Core really sucks! Read more here.

Does Common Core really mean teachers should teach differently?

Strategy and curriculum are intimately connected. You cannot make extreme changes to curriculum and then be shocked that the methodology also changes.

This is yet another example of “unintended consequences” … politicians strive for simple, one-sized-fits-all answers to complex problems (and sometimes problems that never even existed) that then start to cause even bigger problems.

In some parts of the country, we have improved education while worsening it in others. Now we have a whole generation of kids who despise learning and hate education. We have not only driven teachers away from the profession, but have assured that students don’t enter the profession at all. Tennessee and Connecticut are already starting to change course … I hope other states take their lead. Common Core really sucks. Read more here.