Re: common core all in English
- Leonie, you are amazing!You have uncovered more evidence of how the Common Core is going to level the playing field and get everyone ready for college and careers and prepare them to compete in the global economy. Three cheers for corporations and for the Homeland.fredIn a message dated 9/27/2013 9:52:00 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, leonie@... writes:--
I toured school yesterday where majority of students are ELLs, either in dual language or transitional bilingual:
- Most teachers said that they were lacking Common core texts, workbooks and/or teacher guides;
- Meanwhile there were many big boxes in library full of materials that were excess or the wrong stuff, but that DOE said could NOT be returned;
- NONE of the Common Core materials are written in Spanish, making it impossible to teach literacy according to the dual language or bilingual model.
Thus there were classes full of students, some of them just arrived to the country, and others with IEPs, who were struggling with materials that they had NO chance of being able to read.
Add to this that the grade level of some of these Pearson texts are already way above the grades assigned them, even for fluent English speakers (see Clara Hemphill on this), for example, Charlotte’s web in 2nd grade; and an informational text on spiders for 4th grade, full of VERY difficult vocabulary and densely packed prose that I had difficulty getting through.
This is a perfect example of how the Common Core’s standardization model and difficulty level seem totally misguided – especially for ELL students and kids with IEPs, who have also assigned these materials.
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