The View from Japan: Common Core is a Disaster in the Making

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 “What many supporters of Common Core ignore is that the “rigorous” high-stakes testing approach that they wish to impose on our children has been experimented with in many other nations, and has been a complete failure. Once in place it dominates all instruction, turning schools into test prep factories, and students into test-taking machines.”

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I’m a full-time University teacher, living and working in Japan since 1994.  We have high-stakes exams given throughout the nation each winter, which students must pass to enter the high school or college they wish to attend. Students spend years preparing for these tests, because the stakes are so high.

One of the things I notice each year is that many Japanese students get 30 to 50% of the answers wrong. Sometimes answers are close but test makers are looking for the “exact” right answer. If the student spells a word wrong they may receive half credit or no points. Why are test makers so strict with spelling?…

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