I have been teaching in the Louisiana public school system for seven years. Frankly, I am appalled that the Senate would even consider removing the Common Core State Standards from Louisiana schools and continue to use the Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum.
First of all, the LCC was poorly written, rarely implemented and did not provide a sound basis for student learning. The LCC also made no claims that it afforded students the skills necessary for college and careers after high school.
I teach high school, and based on what I have experienced, our students on this date are not ready for college. The CCSS addresses skills that will assist us in preparing our precious children for college.
How can we expect to compete in a global economy if we only focus on what a few select people in Louisiana have written (poorly I might add again)?
In the words of Superintendent John White at the Louisiana Teacher Leader meeting back in April, “I don’t want to be the state that says, ‘Thank goodness for Alabama and Mississippi!’ ” If the other states in the nation, with the exception of four, are implementing the CCSS, and we want to be able to compete with them, then it stands to reason that Louisiana also implement CCSS immediately.
Our state has been the recipient of several grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the purpose of implementing CCSS. Are we going to return money to the foundation that tries to help us?
Continuing to use the LCC is a waste of time and resources. I implore you to reject any action that will postpone the implementation of the CCSS in Louisiana.
Our teachers are capable of raising the bar for education in Louisiana and are willing to adhere to the new and more appropriate standards. Please do not do a disservice to our students by delaying the Common Core.
Shelia Darjean Banks
Jefferson Parish science teacher