While perusing my twitter feed last month, the following came across my TL (TL = timeline for non-tweeters in the crowd):
So of course I followed the link to a tweet that had the following picture, from someone’s morning commute:
This person clearly is passionate about their position on the Common Core. Passionate enough to go out, buy window chalk, and write on their car to demonstrate how they feel so that other people stuck in the morning rush-hour commute would see that that Common Core needs to be ended. (I edited out the license plate to protect the guilty.)
While I disagree (strongly) with the message, I can’t help but admire the passion and the demonstration of that passion. It got me thinking. And I’d like to get you thinking too, by posing this discussion question:
If we in this community truly want to see the Common Core have a fair trial in which we actually get to see it well-implemented before we pass judgment, how do we demonstrate that support?
(Insert a long pause here, correlating to appropriate wait time. Because genuinely, I want you to think about this question, and respond in your own mind before you keep reading this post. Pull out a post-it or open a word doc, and capture a thought or two. Give yourself a little process time.)
Do we all want to go out and buy window chalk and plan to chalk it up on the same day?
Should we all coordinate our clothing and wear the same color on the same day as an act of solidarity?
What do we do?
I have a few ideas of my own, but I really want to put this back to you. When Bill and Jason started this blog three months ago, they promised opportunities for action, for voicing support. I think it’s high time we start to act on those promises, but I also want to hear from you. Because this isn’t about me and how I think we should demonstrate support for the Common Core–it’s about you.
Do you have an idea for how we could demonstrate our passion and support for the Common Core? Please comment below. Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I want to hear from you! And I’ll report back in a few days with some ideas and action steps we all can take together, to support the Common Core.