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To Be or Not To Be: The Teacher Must Decide
The sample video instructing kindergartners on various forms of to be is so bizarre, it is almost funny as it explains to kindergartners that 'to be' is an irregular verb.
There are other sample videos on Informational Text.
Imagine Learning promises material to help these "student populations": English Learners, Struggling Students, Early Childhood Education Students, Students with Disabilities. The sell is that Imagine Learning will provide
for each of these groups.
Seeing this, you won't be surprised to learn that Imagine Learning was founded in 2004 by Susan W. Preator. Preator is former vice-president of Waterford Institute, where she spent ten years building and directing the team that developed the Waterford Early Reading Program, a software solution distributed by Pearson Digital Learning. She holds a BA in English from Brigham Young University and lists her skills and expertise as:
Imagine Learning sprinkles its website with claims of "science based." Here's one claim:
I am particularly enraged that Stephen Krashen's work is listed in the reference section, suggesting that this work supports what Imagine Learning is doing.
Joe Swenson became CEO of Imagine Learning in 2012.
He lists his skills on LinkedIn as:
These are the skills that bring the analysis of the verb "to be" to the nation's kindergartners.
At least Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, the iconic 19th century "cure" for women's woes, contained alcohol, which gave the imbiber some chance of a temporary relaxed feeling. Young imbibers of the "to be" video are in for nothing but confusion.
But Joe Swenson is doing what he knows how to do: leading a team to examinine the market and coming up with products that market will buy. If the product is inappropriate to the needs of kindergartners, who is more to blame: the company that produces it or the teachers who buy it as "the cure" for the Common Core and inflict it on young children?
It is past time for teachers to stand up and do what they are good at doing: teaching children.
Start by saying
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