Train future teachers for Common Core

Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Re "Schools chief makes his pitch" (Our Region, Jan. 11): This is another piece on Common Core standards that lacks mention of the most serious obstacle: Not getting college teaching-credential programs to start training their students immediately in Common Core objectives. Instead, school districts are expecting teachers, like myself, who are eyeing retirement, to go to countless training sessions and after-school meetings. It wastes money and makes no sense. I retire in one year after 26 years of teaching. Even if I thought this program was what children need, I quite honestly can't match the enthusiasm of students training to be teachers, and new teachers. How could those involved in creating the Common Core program over the last five years not know to start it at the beginning, not the end? In my judgment, school districts’ approach to Common Core shows a serious lack of logic.

-- Don Brown, Sacramento

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