Sunday, November 25, 2012

Ignore the Common Core?

Hey Alaska!  What's up, Minnesota?  Hellllloooooo, Nebraska!  Howdy, Texas!

It's me!  Virginia!  Welcome to one of the most exclusive clubs in the United States of America!  But what shall we call ourselves?  The We-Don't-DO-Common-Core Club?  The Un-Common Cores?  The Rotten to the Cores?

From twitter to the book vendor tables at conferences, the world, it seems, is ga-ga over the Common Core.  And by "ga-ga" I don't mean they necessarily like the CC; I just mean that it's all about the CC.  So where does that leave the states that are not official adopters of the CC?  Where does that leave school libraries?

Of course, my state of Virginia has its own Standards of Learning and the State has demonstrated how they align with the Common Core.  But with so much of the literature we're seeing now, from recommended nonfiction series to lesson plans now proclaiming that they "Align with the Common Core!", what are you, non-Core states, doing with them?  Ignoring them entirely?  Forcing a fit with your state standards?  Concentrating solely on your state standards?

Hope to hear from you soon!



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