I’ve got this discussion enough that it is time I submitted it. For most educators, the Iowa Core Curriculum results in as more confusing than it really is. Partly, that is because of issues with a roll-out, and another part credited to questions about mandates and timelines. With non-educators (and many educators would openly admit, with them too), there is much jargon that results in as fluff too, the eduspeak of these of us who’ve worked in education for a long period. But at its heart, the Iowa Core Curriculum is simple really.
Its really solid. And, there’s little discussion about it, even though there is consensus we could do a better job on these things. 1. We must be changing always. Because, the world is always changing. And we have tended to say that we’re pretty good at what we should do, which can create complacency.
Eduspeak phone calls this the culture of continuous improvement, but fundamentally it means we can’t relax on our laurels. We have a process where we progress, heading on a regular basis. 2. Change has to be based on data. We can not make changes Willy nilly. We must seek data so that we can make a good decision. And most significantly, we must know what kinds of data we seek.
It isn’t always the ITEDs. Actually, it usually shouldn’t be. 3. We show what we should be teaching. The word trashed is position. The Iowa Core gives us essential skills and concepts for …