Common Sense for Common Core

 //  Oct 23, 2013

Common Sense for Common Core

If you need Common Core resources, check out our redesigned website. We've added several features, including:

Videos by experts who share insights on such topics as fostering a growth mindset in struggling students and the nuances of text complexity.

Get answers. Our team of 17 educators will answer your Core questions, like how to find time for differentiated instruction, choose the right texts for your students and address the diverse needs of English Language Learners.

Updated nonfiction and literature book lists, as well as professional titles on Common Core instruction and recommended books for parents to read with their children.

As the Common Core is implemented in states across the country, Scholastic will continue to support teachers and families so that all children can nurture their unique talents and thrive in a rapidly-changing world.

We hope you like what you find at As always, we welcome your thoughts.


Sadly, I do not like what I

Sadly, I do not like what I find on this page. I have even gone so far as to forbid my daughter to purchase books from the scholastic book fairs. There is nothing common sense about common core. Scholastic is just another entity bought by the Gates money who have no interest in what is best for our children. Ms. Fizzle would never teach rotten core.

Since CCSS has come around,

Since CCSS has come around, my district is discouraging the teaching of complete books. We only do excerpts now. How on earth can Scholastic be supportive of this kind of destructive methodology? As others have said, Ms Frizz would NOT teach the core.

^o^ There is nothing common

^o^ There is nothing common sense about the common core. It is developmentally inappropriate, meaning that it demands children master skills that are above their developmental level. Young children, for example, cannot learn algebra. The Common Core is linked with excessive high-stakes standardized tests that children must take, wasting valuable instructional time on testing and test prep. Common Core was not developed by educators, but was funded by business partners such as the Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation, BTW, also funds inBloom, a private company that sells the data generated by those tests - without the consent or knowledge of children or their parents. The Common Core is uncommonly bad news for the education of our children. It's the children who really lose out.

I am so very sad to see

I am so very sad to see Scholastic support Common (Corporate) Core, but alas, you are now part of the problem. It is also so sad to see my kindergarten students struggle to grasp concepts now taught that are beyond their concrete cognitive development. Rather than teach concepts and strategies that meet their individuals needs, we must now throw inappropriate standards at them and hope they can "master" them long enough to test. Thanks Scholastic. I am sure this new website will make it all better!

Someone apparently doesn't

Someone apparently doesn't realize that more and more teachers are finding that they do NOT, in fact, support Common Core. Look how NEA got hammered for stating that "the majority of teachers support CC."