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Maine English Teacher Examines Common Core in Opinion Article

Maine English Teacher Examines Common Core in Opinion Article

In the Bangor Daily News, Karla DeMaris, an English teacher at Penquis Valley High School in Milo, Maine, wrote an article looking at Common Core and teaching English in a high-school setting. 

DeMaris says English is all about "communication" and the "organization of thoughts."

"Clear communication requires clarity of thought, and clarity of thought requires organizational skills," she writes. "An educational initiative that recognizes the need for organization of thought and action is the Common Core State Standards. One of the intentions of the Common Core is to create a master framework so that teachers at any grade level will know that incoming students have already been taught particular concepts."

DeMaris also looks at a frequent complaint regarding the Common Core, that they are "too restrictive and do not allow for enough teacher discretion." DeMaris says the complaint is "baseless," because although the Common Core sets grade-level parameters, teachers are still free to teach in their own way. 

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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