Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Opus 2013-337: CCC: The Battle Between Content and Process

Let me remind you again of the quote from the Common Core Curriculum (CCC) shared in a previous post:
“English language arts and math were the subjects chosen for the Common Core State Standards because they are areas upon which students build skill sets which are used in other subjects. They are also the subjects most frequently assessed for accountability purposes.”
It is important to notice the term “skill sets.”  Some areas of learning are foundational in the sense that they teach skills more than content.  Being able to communicate in English is a necessary base for success in other subjects.  You must know your alphabet before you can read words.  It is more than just simple reading and writing.  Students quickly learn to pronounce the words and form the letters.  They can read out loud and copy very well.  It is not enough.  They also need grammar, spelling, vocabulary and penmanship to be able to comprehend and express.

Anyone with any common sense realizes you need both.  I would believe that common sense would also say that you need the seeds of content before you can produce the fruit of process.  You need parts before you can build a car.  You need vocabulary before you can write a paragraph.  You need to know the stove is hot before you can boil water.

At a meeting I was informed the favorite analogy of the CCC gurus is that they are building the airplane while they learn to fly it.  That sounds like a recipe for disaster.  I would not fly on an airline that works that way.  Why would you put your children in a school that buys into such nonsense?

You really need to answer that last question because it is not rhetorical.  You are putting your children in a school that is buying into that nonsense.  Your child’s future is the down payment.

homo unius libri

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