SPIN This Week – March 3

| February 28, 2013

Image 5Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss Road Funding, Blueprint for what, Immigration overhaul and Writing and multiplying.

Joining guest moderator Henry Hinton this week are Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation, Dan Blue, III, Political analyst and Connie Wilson, Former Legislator.

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  1. dj anderson says:

    Reminder #1 – Cursive is not on the grade level tests.

    Reminder #2 – The middle school grade math test has a calculator section, and a NO calculator test.

    Reminder #3 – In the age of printed books dominating all reading, the spelling of words required as little change as possible due to the huge investment in the printed page, but in this digital age we see phonetic or is it, fo-NET-ic, spelling is possible and the rewriting of anything written is done with ease and little expense. Adapt or die might be the rule to keep in mind on this matter. (How many ways did Shakespeare spell his name…6?)

    The calculator is an essential tool and must be taught. If one has a calculator, then memorized tables are not necessary, are they, but if one needed to know them, then they could still be memorized for a specific purpose.

    Signatures are still going to be taught, I hope, for they are needed, but consider that just seated Sec. of Treasury “Loopy” Lew signs his name with a series of loops, and who in power signs his/her name in the John Hancock or Ben Franklin style, so there is an evolution of style.

    Bottom line: don’t 4get that USAGE DICTATES and form follows function (FFF) and not just water & electricity follow the paths of least resistance, or should that be the easiest way?

  2. Lisa Stone says:

    I think that writing in cursive should be taught. Also diagraming sentences, spelling and multiplication. Schoolhouse Rock and the original Electric Company should be put back on tv. These kids aren’t going to know anything because they are texting the way they think the words are spelled. We used to have to turn in a scrap piece of paper with our math tests to see how we solved the problems. If you didn’t turn in one they thought you were cheating. I think they are skipping the basics they really need them.

  3. Judy Newman says:

    I agree with Rose. I’m not sure what is going on in our schools these days. The core subjects seem to be getting tossed aside for computer education. While learning how to use a computer is useful later on, what is the point of them in elementary education? Shouldn’t students learn basic skills first?

  4. Rose Mallard says:

    I just finished watching NC Spin. I am a public school teacher (fourth grade). I am glad that you are discussing cursive writing and multiplication tables (that used to be part of fourth grade curriculum.) I have been retired for six years and recently returned to teach. I was shocked that students came to my class this year and they did not know multiplication tables! The memorization of these facts is key to all math concepts that follow in fourth grade math. We spent approximately two weeks reviewing and memorizing these facts. Now my students can do division, fractions, decimals, algebra and many concepts that follow our curriculum. Please do not ignore the basics!
    Educators need to revisit the Core Curriculum before fully implementing its concepts. This curriculum has MANY GAPS and students are not developmentally ready for the concepts that are presented. One huge problem is that students jump all over the book and their learning does not build and review old concepts continually. I feel students are being introduced to many concepts but are not given the time needed to MASTER concepts. The pacing guides are not realistic, they assume that all students will learn concepts just because they are taught, (many do learn but others struggle and need more time). I am beyond worried about the children that will be in this bubble until legislators realize the shortcomings of the Common Core and the interpretations of this curriculum county by county.

    The main problem with not learning cursive is not writing but reading cursive. My students did not learn it last year and cannot READ cursive. They asked me to teach them to read cursive.

    I am hoping North Carolina will adopt “The Everyday Math Series” which is far superior to “Envisions”. Please ask the advice of teachers and use our funds to find a suitable Math series.
    As an experienced educator, I would much prefer you give me the goals and allow me to teach my lessons according to my students needs. I would allow the time needed to assure students MASTER concepts before moving on. I am grateful my principal has allowed me to do this during this year of transition to Common Core.
    Please ask “teachers in the trenches” when you make changes and not idealistic people who have not worked with students in many years.

    Thank you for listening.