In my school 9th grade teachers are using the vaunted new NYSED lesson pods/seeds for their curriculum.
Both students and teachers hate the lessons.
Whoever developed the seeds/pods decided that the most important skill to teach students is close reading of text.
To that end, the lesson seeds/pods have students learn what close reading is, then read a short story while practicing that skill.
Students read the same story over and over and over and over...
...For days and days and days...
...Until they no longer care about what they're reading, they no longer care about what they're learning, they no longer care about English class.
In my school, 9th grade math teachers are also using the vaunted new NYSED lesson pods/seeds for their curriculum.
The math lesson plans are as disastrous as the ELA lesson plans.
Math teachers says they have completely lost students because the difficulty level of the required materials is so insane that there is no entry point for students to engage with the material.
There has been increased instances of acting out by students this year and I have heard from some counselors that they believe the increase in behavioral problems is linked to the increased stress in school - from the Common Core lessons to the Endless Testing (diagnostic tests in every subject every month) to the transformation of every class into ELA class (students are reading informational text and writing argumentative essays in every class in school - from social studies to science to art to vocational class to physical education.)
Creating disinterested students who hate school, who act out more because they hate school, who may begin to drop out in increasing numbers because they hate school - this is the early legacy of the vaunted Common Core State (sic) Standards.
For these reasons alone, NYSED Commissioner King should be fired from his job. along with Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and the rest of the merry reformers at SED and the Board of Regents.