So a few weeks back, we started a little twitter hashtag called #CCchat. CC as in “Common Core.” It’s not a weekly or monthly chat, but rather an all-day conversation about the CCSS. Tons of resources are being shared and I’ve been very surprised how quickly it has caught on. If you haven’t checked it out or started following it, we definitely recommend it.

Neil and I have been exploring the Core and digesting quite a bit of information about it lately. There is certainly some contention around these new standards. Not all educators are in favor of the switch. I certainly understand folks’ concerns, and I definitely think that no matter how you feel about them yourself that it’s important to read the opinions of people on both sides of the issue. (In our weekly Common Core roundup, Common Sense for the Common Core, we try to mix in both!)

We’d definitely have to say that we are members of the “pro” contingency. And not just because we are starry-eyed optimists. Far from it. But we see the shift to the Common Core as an opportunity to push teaching and learning in the direction it needs to move in order for America to compete globally. A shift to creating and thinking critically rather than simply consuming and regurgitating information. A shift to collaboration and connection instead of independence and isolation. Shifting to the Common Core is a chance to place these ideals front and  center. And make a move (finally) into the 21st Century.

Trust me, we know this isn’t easy. And it won’t be something done overnight. But it is certainly possible. The time is ripe. And while we respect the opinions of those with concerns about the CCSS, we are hoping that others see this transitional period like we do…as an opportunity to move education forward. (Yes, I know people said NCLB and state testing and overhead projectors and so on were “opportunities,” too. But I think we have the genuine article here. A chance too important to pass on.)

If you’re interested in joining the discussion, please leave a comment, subscribe to our blog, and/or follow #CCchat on twitter. There’s a lot to talk about, and the conversations we have will help us all become better teachers.

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