By Jennifer Dorman, who teaches grade 7-8 English language arts at Skowhegan Area Middle School and is the 2014 Somerset County Teacher of the Year and 2015 Maine State Teacher of the Year.
It is impossible to discuss education today without uttering the words, “Common Core.” Today, these two words have achieved the same status as Harry Potter’s nemesis Voldemort, or “he who must not be named.”
For some, distaste for the Common Core came in 2011, when the Maine Learning Results were updated to include Common Core as the standards for English, language arts, and math. I admit, I was frightened by the adoption of these rigorous standards, and I wondered if I would join the ranks of those against them. I was afraid that the standards were too challenging for some of my students. Most of all, I feared that I would lose control of what I teach, and more importantly, how I teach.