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California Implementing New Way of Teaching

Aired 6/17/13 on KPBS News.

The days of tedious memorization and multiple choice tests may soon be a thing of the past for California students. The state is beginning to implement an entirely new way of teaching known as the common core curriculum.

California is setting aside more than $1 billion for the implementation of a common core curriculum in the new state budget. The method takes a holistic approach to learning. For instance, students won't just memorize fractions; teachers will make sure kids understand the concept behind them.

Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jonathan Raymond said his students have been using "common core" since 2011.

"These are world-class standards. And we're getting our backsides beat off by other counties. Finland, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada. And you know why? Because they've got these world-class standards," Raymond explained.

Beginning in 2015, students will be tested using Common Core methods. Several other states are already working on implementing similar standards.

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muckapoo1 | June 17, 2013 at 7:28 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

The highest funded education system around and some of the worst results. Pretty sad when the AARP asks for volunteers to help with the literacy rate in U. S. schools. What are these teachers doing? Showing movies all week?

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goodnough | June 18, 2013 at 8:50 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

I wish it were as easy to explain as muckapoo1 attempted to. Most likely the teachers are working their butts off, dragging in their own supplies, and getting very little support while politicians micro-manage their progress or lack of it. We need to be allowed to go back to teaching and not testing all the time. We need to care about kids and not scores. We need to be supported as opposed to ridiculed. It is easy to judge but if everyone that had an opinion rolled up their sleeves and jumped in to make a difference we would be a lot better off today. It takes a community. I know I am doing my part and yet students show up without supplies and I am can't make them bring them.

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