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What Is Your Experience With Common Core Thus Far?

Uploaded: Sep 3, 2014

With the school year off to a start, the realities of Common Core are now emerging in the classroom. My oldest child, a middle school student, brought home her new Common Core language arts vocabulary workbook, and I was surprised to see the ease with which she ran through what had always been a challenging assignment. I reviewed her workbook and felt that the words seem much easier (e.g. "mutual" from the new text vs. "capricious" from her old text).

The situation got me wondering: what are other parents experiencing with the implementation of Common Core? Please share your experiences, good, bad or indifferent, and include the grade levels of your children if possible. Are there discernable differences? If so, what are they?
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Posted by Amelia, a resident of another community,
on Sep 3, 2014 at 11:46 am

There has been so much controversy about Common Core and I have been very curious to see what it would mean in my child's 7th grade classroom. So far my experience is similar to yours; I have not be impressed with the rigor of the English curriculum so far.

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Posted by JRED, a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks,
on Sep 3, 2014 at 11:56 am

Erin you got me thinking again! I need to check it out and get back with you. The spelling lists so far are not very hard for my 2nd or 5th grade boys. I did not even know that we had switched to a different type of curriculum!

Is this supposed to be better for our kids, or just easier so California looks like the overall scores are going up?

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Posted by JC, a resident of another community,
on Sep 4, 2014 at 9:56 am

I cannot agree more! The 5th grade spelling words and the reading assignments are very basic. It seems to be way too easy. Maybe we need a Common Core and a Common Core Plus that would include more challenging words and reading selections.

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