I found this video extremely funny. The author/editor of the video, R.N. Gutierrez, titled this:
Why We Need Common Core--I Choose "C."
In the comments, Gutierrez writes:
People have asked me why I "make fun" of Think-Pair-Share. I actually like and use TPS. My purpose for including it was not to poke fun of the strategy but to point out that many students have difficulty when it comes to critical thinking or thinking independently. I feel that because many schools must teach to the state test, especially low performing schools, we “feed” our students information (and perhaps maybe scaffold too much), and they aren't given a chance to truly analyze and apply it.
[Note: A Think-Pair-Share activity has a student think on his/her own, then pair up with someone, discuss/share, and settle on an answer--which is then sometimes shared with the rest of the class.]
I thought this video was very funny because it pokes fun at our overtesting mania and teaching to the test.
Where R.N. Gutierrez and I disagree is that he or she thinks that the Common Core will solve this problem, and I think that the Common Core will exacerbate this problem.
[Note: At its simplest level, Common Core is a "core curriculum" that is aligned nationally. And of course, proving that one is aligning to the Common Core requires new and different tests.]
Anyway, it's food for thought.