Rochester, New York City school report rips Common Core Solution: Let teachers do more with curriculum

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A committee studying Common Core-aligned curriculum in the Rochester School District is recommending a turn away from lessons provided by the state Education Department, criticizing them as confusing, developmentally inappropriate and culturally insensitive.

Instead, the committee called for local teachers and administrators to lead the way in developing lessons that help students reach the Common Core standards more effectively — and, implicitly, faulted the district for failing to do so sooner.

“These are terribly scripted lessons, and that’s not how we learn. Where do the teachable moments come in?”


“We could have been more deliberate in choosing (curricula),” said school board member Mary Adams, who convened and led the expert committee. “Just because it’s new and challenging, we’re not going to push back? … That’s very lame. That’s unacceptable.”

The report, published this month, does not broadly address Common Core standards…

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