We’re excited to announce that the Chicago Sun Times teacher essays are back, with an excellent piece by 3rd grade teacher Evelyn Pollins explaining very concretely how teaching reading oriented to the Common Core destroys kids’ love of books. It’s on the paper’s website as well as in the Monday 3/22/15 print edition.
The series had paused for several months while the paper’s editors were consumed with covering Chicago’s mayoral election battle between Rahm Emanuel and Chuy Garcia (to be decided in a run-off April 7th). This itself is a major education story, with Rahm attacked for having closed 50 schools in primarily black and Hispanic neighborhoods.
The essay can be hard to find on the web, since the Sun Times website isn’t very user-friendly. So just tell your friends to Google “Evelyn Pollins Chicago Sun Times.” Oh, and don’t be shocked to see just above her essay a picture of a message to parents about how great the Common Core is. Go figure!