I would not vote to make “Common Core” Mandatory. New teaching methods should be coming from the teachers and flowing upward to the administrators and should be monitored for progress.
Vote Your Liberty
Ninth Hampden District
Lincoln once said that a danger to the United States is every man trying to leave
his mark on society. Our system of education is not exempt from this danger. New
methods of teaching come into and out of vogue. Its adherents attempt to make it
the law of the land because they cannot convince everyone that they are correct.
The “see and say” method of reading replaced the phonetic system of teaching reading.
The was followed by the book “Why Johnnie Cannot Read,” which rightfully blamed the
“see and say” method for a new wave of illiteracy. Each generation has its “new
Massachusetts has always been the leader in education. School started on the Mayflower.
We should be willing to share or successful methods with anyone who wants to emulate
One problem I see with Common Core is that school is being turned into an endless
test. This is no accident. These tests will be purchased from companies which sell
them. Examinations should be a minor part of a course to determine understanding.
It should not become a major part of the course, nor a major part of the budget.
But I am not going to support replacing the traditional and successful method of
teaching arithmetic and math throughout the state with an untried and unproven
method. I understand that some children are not learning math when it is taught
in the traditional way, and we need to do something special for them. But I am
not going to vote to scrap a system that has been successful for most people for