Dance As If You’re Being Evaluated

14 Jun

ImageFor once, I have academic craziness that isn’t from Chicago.   The Common Core is in some real trouble as conservative groups and parent groups are fighting against it in a big way.   When they first introduced the Common Core to CPS, I remember being at at PD where they bragged about how many states were on board.  That number has been dropping like a rock.

So, what’s my problem with the Common Core?  Simply put, it seems like another attempt by non-teachers to suck the joy out of learning.  David Coleman’s own speeches about the standards he developed, show the limitations of the Common Core.  I have never found “reforms” that attempt to quantify how many angels can fit on the head of a pin terribly helpful.  These Kindergarten Dance Standards from Colorado are a case in point.

Play is so valuable to children.  They learn so much through the cooperative process, whether it’s a game where rules must be agreed on or just general pretending, where everybody agrees on what they’re pretending.   Children learn more about interpersonal relationships, negotiation, teamwork, and imagination through play than we can ever teach them through drill and kill.  I can’t help, but look at these Colorado standards and think, well there’s something else that used to be fun for kids.

I used a picture of Rahm Emanuel at ballet in this post.  I generally don’t like attempts to slam the Mayor for his dance background.  I dislike him because of his policies, and prefer to focus on that.  On the other hand, we are talking about dance standards here.

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[Hmm, I think somebody isn’t telling the truth here]

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