The opposition has alarmed many who say they continue to support the idea behind the standards, which is to teach students to think more deeply and critically, even as they have criticized the state’s implementation.
“This debate about whether Common Core is good or bad … is what frightens me,” United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew, another panelist, said this morning.
Why should a debate over Common Core frighten you, Mike?
Oh, right - I remember now.
You head the UFT, an organization which eschews debate, shuts down opposition within the ranks and otherwise works to quell anything and anybody that isn't AFT- and UFT-leadership approved.
Well, get ready for a frightful year, Mikey.
Because as teachers start to deal with Common Core lessons on top of the Danielson framework on top of 4-6 observations a year on top of evals tied to state test scores on top of evals tied to city tests and/or other locally-selected measures of teacher effectiveness, there's going to be a lot of debate within the UFT rank-and-file over the Common Core, the new Common Core tests, Danielson, APPR and all the other reforms you and your boss, Randi Weingarten, helped bring about for NYC teachers.
There is a lot of anger out there already.
Wait until the ---- hits the fan this year for many teachers in many schools and see how much more anger there is.
And a lot of that is going to get directed at you, Mikey.
After all, APPR and Common Core are your babies.
You were, God help us all, in at the conception of both.