Can the Common Core Redefine Teaching?
In the Huffington Post, Stephen Chiger argues that the Common Core State Standards, with their emphasis on higher-order thinking, present an opportunity to re-conceptualize teachers as intellectuals, as opposed to mere caretakers or instructors. He writes:
Surely, a nation of teachers whose instruction satisfies the Common Core must also be one that immerses teachers in this same type of learning. A learning community that fails to nurture the intellects of those who serve as its pillars becomes stagnant and divorces teachers from the fundamental value of being lifelong students. Worse yet, it models an adult life jarringly out of concert with the drumbeat of college preparation we sound each day.
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