Michael Johnson’s Guest Opinion, June 24, is a valiant effort to make sense of Common Core’s value. He has some very good points but is flawed on two critical issues.
First, a student’s success in not about hitting a learning “target.” It is about mastering a Learning Objective that includes clearly defined knowledge, skills and tasks. Mastery means 100 percent with no “holes” that have to be filled in at some later time.
Second, mastery is an individual goal unrelated to “time” or “class.” Class being used for age group or any other “non-individual” focus. The resources, methods of learning, and time to master each Learning Objective differs with each student. Class group-focus schooling is the Achilles’ heel of our current system. No matter what you try, our antiquated Industrial Production Line Education model dooms these good-intentioned efforts to failure. Every student is unique and requires individualized learning approaches that provide the minimum learning processes, time and resources to “master” a Learning Objective. The time of accepting learning with holes (less than 100 percent mastery) is over.
Our current teachers (Learning Counselors) are more than up to the challenge of the 21st century. Set them free from our industrial model to do the job.
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Ric Tener, Eagle