If there’s one thing that almost everyone can agree on, even some Common Core supporters, it is that most of the Common Core standards are developmentally inappropriate.
I remember learning about the Etruscans when I was in the 9th grade. To this day I couldn’t tell you what they did or who they were because it was so boring I could barely keep from nodding off while writing the report and pray I didn’t get the uncontrollable giggles when I gave my presentation.
So when I discovered this Common Core lesson on Early World Civilizations and began to read up on the things being taught in the unit, imagine my surprise when I discovered this lesson was for 1st grade. Yes, you read that right, FIRST grade. Six year olds will be asked to do the following:
Explain the significance of the Code of Hammurabi;
Explain the significance of gods/goddesses, ziggurats, temples, and priests in Mesopotamia;
Describe key components of a civilization.
Those are only three of the eighty one (81!) things that your 6 year old should know at the end of this “ELA Domain.” And none of them have anything to do with the actual mechanics of reading and writing.
This particular lesson was taken from EngageNY, an organization created by the New York State Education Department to provide Common Core-aligned educational resources among other things.
Now I will ask you: Where are the foundations that are taught in first grade English Language Arts? Where are the principles of sentence structure, punctuation, or spelling? Where are the fundamentals of story structure? Beginning, middle and end.
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