Who’s To Blame For Ed FitzGerald Campaign Troubles?

Mike Thompson and the Columbus on the Record panel look at the week’s top stories including:Who is to blame for Ed FitzGerald’s collapsing campaign for Ohio Governor; Common Core repeal hearings at the statehouse and an analysis of the state of Ohio’s economy.

    • Jackie Borchardt (Northeast Ohio Media Group)
    • Jim Siegel (The Columbus Dispatch)
    • Herb Asher (Ohio State University)
    • Mike Gonidakis (Republican Strategist)

 

Segments On This Episode (on YouTube)

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Casting Blame for Democrats' Woes

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Democrats Focus on Down-Ticket Races

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The State of Ohio's Economic Recovery

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Business Groups Support Common Core

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  • goofproof

    I wonder how many of the supporters and detractors of Common Core have actually read the standards. We should all be alarmed that learned and rational people accept something without evidence of effectiveness, peer review, or controlled observation.

    Before becoming a teacher, I worked many years in an industry flush with true standards. Now that I am attempting to put Common Core into practice, it becomes clear we need to take a step back and stop the bandwagon.

    Consider,

    - The standards are not well written. The grade level groupings seem overly rigid and arbitrary. At times, the standards are vague, at other times they are a restrictive curriculum dictating when, how, and what to teach. Often, concepts are interleaved in an inconsistent and disjoint manner, making it difficult to unpack the presentation of content.

    - The standards are monolithic and set a high water mark rather than a baseline. Standards should be at least layered with incremental difficulty. Not all students learn the same way.

    - The standards are not, in reality, extensible nor adaptable to most classrooms. Teachers are forced into practices with little room for innovation. In fact, the Common Core is copyrighted.

    - The standards are misused. Tests and standards are useful as a comparative, diagnostic tool in the classroom. But with Common Core and PARCC, we see an approach rooted in punitive, rank and yank beliefs that if we just measure everyone with simple metrics and fire all the percieved “bad teachers”, education will magically improve.

    This COTR had an almost surreal quality to it watching the panelists discuss Common Core compared to my experienced reality. The statehouse proceedings also had an “emperor has no clothes” storyline to it. The argument we should keep doing the wrong thing because we are already doing it wrong borders on irrationality. It is time to pause, stop experimenting on our kids, and let teachers teach.