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By Rebecca Teti

Fridays: Education

(Join each day’s Coffee Talk discussion: Mon: Parenting; Tues: Open Forum; Wed: NFP; Thu: Marriage; Fri: Education; Sat/Sun: Changing Roles)

Whether your children attend school or are homeschooled, this is the spot to ask questions about curricula, religious education, parent-teacher relationships, or academic concerns of any kind.

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Rebecca Teti


  • I've been reading a lot about the Common Core standards public schools are adopting, and how they will actually "dumb down" the students rather than improve their learning. If this is true, what's even more concerning, is that I'm reading that many Catholic schools are adopting these standards. Does anyone have any thoughts or experience on this issue?

    Posted on Jan 25th, 2013 at 10:26 AM by Lorelei

  • Going to be homeschooling a kindergartener and a pre-k kiddo in the fall. I'm currently working a part-time job, but the hours are later in the day, which really dictates my entire day. Any suggestions on a more flexible part-time job that would work well with homeschooling? Thanks in advance!

    Posted on Jan 25th, 2013 at 10:52 AM by JP

  • I haven't done any research on my own regarding the common core, but know that our Catholic elementary school is adopting parts of it. Part of the rationale for that is to make the school look on par academically with the public schools. My husband has read a lot about it and believes it's a very bad idea--giving the federal gov't too much control of local schools and promoting nonfiction works (which could include whatever the gov't deems important) over classical literature. I was at a town school board meeting last night, though, and saw a presentation by an English teacher who helped selected texts for the assessment that is being developed along with the Common Core. According to her presentation, the novels being selected are actually much more complex than those currently in the classrooms in our town. Though that in itself is a plus, the fear is that those great classics are going to have equal billing with the gov't chosen nonfiction selections. Even though I believe states may have the option to not use the Common Core, I'm sure that decision would result in less funding from the gov't. There are still lots of questions on how it will all play out.

    Posted on Jan 25th, 2013 at 12:18 PM by Kim

  • JP--I would suggest checking craigslist job postings. There may be some small businesses out there looking for admin help that you could do from home.

    Posted on Jan 25th, 2013 at 12:20 PM by Kim

  • Re: Common Core : Our Archdiocese has adopted Common Core in our schools. Just like anything new, it is a transitional process. I don't think we are "Dumbing Down" . It's true that less is being taught in some areas, but that being said, more time is spent in some core areas where it is more important for the children to thoroughly learn that area. As a Kindergarten Teacher I am concentrating on key areas that form the basis of a child's education. I am speaking from experience, when I say that the children are more proficient in more key areas, when the Common Core is taught.

    Posted on Jan 25th, 2013 at 4:06 PM by Joan

  • The Common Core is like the NCLB federal standards mandated in every state. Kim Why would you suggest anyone look in craigslist alone? and LinkedIn are better. So is Career builder. Why sell yourselves short? Make the money and have money left over.

    Posted on Jan 25th, 2013 at 4:57 PM by unknown

  • Common Core is not mandated in every state.

    Posted on Jan 26th, 2013 at 11:40 AM by Joan

  • I just spent an hour tonight talking with a long time GA public school teacher who is so disgusted with GA's adoption of the Common Core that she is starting a charter school to give kids an option. The problem with Common Core is it just encourages even more "teaching to the test". It is all about regurgitation and "getting through" the work with NO emphasis on being able to USE the knowledge. It is the b*&tard child of NCLB and I fear for our country that we continue to follow worst practices for kids in the name of "accountability".

    Posted on Jan 28th, 2013 at 8:58 PM by Becky Le