At a blog called Books Are Enough, another teacher-blogger makes a request, which I second: “Can we stop saying “rigor” please?” Here’s the teacher’s reasoning– and here’s the link to that blog. http://booksareenough.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/can-we-stop-saying-rigor-please/
“Can we stop saying “rigor” please? The term “rigor” is a word some folks are using (again) to imply there is some crisis in education. A lot of folks are making money off of this term and its evil twin “college ready.” Here are several definitions of ”rigor” from a dictionary…
A. harsh inflexibility in opinion, temper, or judgment: the quality of being unyielding or inflexible
B. an act or instance of strictness, severity, or cruelty
C. rigidness or torpor of organs or tissue that prevents response to stimuli
D. a condition that makes life difficult, challenging, or uncomfortable; especially : extremity of cold
Making students see reading- poetry, fiction, non-fiction or any other genre as simply a task to be completed is immoral. This is why test driven Common Core should be stopped. We had enough under NCLB.
Our goal should be to foster book-loving citizens.
Why this observation is so important: first, the proponents of Common Core use the term “rigor” ad nauseum, and always as if rigor meant “academic excellence” when it more closely aligns with the term “academic rigor mortis”.
In the upper grades Common Core dumbs down both math and English literature, killing love of reading and killing the development of mathematical habits of mind, by asking students to reinvent every mathematical wheel; but in kindergarten, Common Coore pushes little ones too fast and makes no room for the joyfulness that should characterize kindergarten. See also: