Common Core: What’s Your Song and Why?


We all have a theme song, and it’s contagious.  At this year’s annual NFL draft, a new feature was added, which extended the length of time needed to announce each athlete drafted, but was also kind of fun. Upon learning they were drafted, and prior to the announcement of their name at Madison Square Garden, each individual athlete identified a song that would be used to introduce them. The song chosen was to be symbolic of the way the athlete plays the game, the way he looks at life, or to be some musical portal to their personality. Why not?  Music is universal, and a song title or a few lyrics can speak volumes.

So, what song title or lyrics best describes the way your organization is currently implementing the Common Core State Standards…and why?  It’s a question I find myself asking friends and colleagues all the time. I find the answers informative and fascinating, and enjoy getting a deeper understanding about the creative capacities of my fellow educators. To name a few, Kyle Cole, the Chief Academic Officer at Noble Street Charter School in Chicago, reached back to the ‘80s for his answer: Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend.”  In sharp contrast was Cristina De Jesus, who stated that the Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly” was most relevant to her work at Green Dot.  Not to be outdone, Elise Darwish of Aspire Public Schools chose Bruce Springsteen’s “Growing Up.”  As fitting as the title is, the lyrics she chose are even more so:

     I was open to pain and crossed by the rain, and I walked on a crooked crutch.
     I strolled all alone through the fallout zone and came out with my soul untouched.
     I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, but when they said “sit down” I stood up.
     Oooooh….growing up. 

So, what’s your Common Core song, and why?  I know I’m interested, and I bet our readers are as well.  Send me your choices.

D.