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ERIC Number: EJ960050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1542-4715
We Don't Live in a Multiple-Choice World: Inquiry and the Common Core
Jaeger, Paige
Library Media Connection, v30 n4 p10-12 Jan-Feb 2012
The Common Core raises the bar for states struggling to decide what should be taught or tested. As low-performing schools strive to improve instruction, the blueprint has been defined. The Common Core defines the curriculum in enough detail and specifies ways to teach that content creatively and innovatively, to produce graduates who are problem solvers and globally competitive. As America strived to do well on assessments, authentic learning went the way of the dinosaur. Assessment became the curriculum. Educational administrators and communities feared the annual newspaper issue that reported assessment and ranked schools in their areas. The pressure was on to score well, which often surpassed the need to teach well. As the Common Core curriculum is adopted and unpacked, librarians should celebrate that finally, from the beginning, directions for inquiry and inquiry-based learning are embedded throughout. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills states that America needs graduates who can think creatively, solve problems, are information and technologically literate, and are able to collaborate. That is the language of inquiry. Librarians have been waiting for this moment. As the date approaches when the new learning standards take effect, they find teachers slowly trying to digest these new standards. This is the librarians' chance to shape teachers' understandings and bring them into their information haven.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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