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Former Washington Teacher Has Mixed Feelings On Common Core

Written by Steve Leader on May 13, 2014
Ed Dawson

Ed Dawson, who taught at Washington’s Battle Ground High School, says Oregon’s Schools Chief, Rob Saxton, is showing “real leadership” in pushing Common Core standards.

The Oregon Education Association had urged Saxton to postpone new reading and math tests next spring.  The union is concerned the exams, based on Common Core’s national standards, are too hard, and that many students will fail.  Saxton pushed back and said he won’t cancel the tests.

The Oregonian reports the Oregon Department of Education estimates fewer than half the students will pass the new tests in the first year.

Dawson, who’s an attorney, says much of Common Core was created at teacher colleges, which he says are big on theories.   According to Dawson, “those theories don’t necessarily square with real life.”

Dawson’s has mixed feelings on Common Core.  He sees some merit in having coast to coast teaching standards.  He also says if a large number of students fail the new tests people will say, “Wait a second. The teacher’s union is representing people who aren’t doing a very good job teaching.”

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