HIGHLAND PARK - "Negative environment" is blamed for the sudden, involuntary transfer of four North Shore District 112 teachers this week. One of those moved to a new school, fourth-grade teacher Ellie Rubenstein, made her side of the story public with a YouTube that's being viewed by thousands. In Rubenstein 10 minute video, now viewed by over 162,000, she blames her sudden transfer to her resistance curriculum changes and burdensome testing. "I'm not a yes man," and that teaching is no longer meaningful. "I have to get out!" Rubenstein says.
North Shore District 112's administration adopted the Common Core curriculum, as every other Illinois school district did when the state passed a resolution opening the way for the Obama Administration' national standards curriculum. The district's website says on a page entitled "Shifting Towards the Common Core at North Shore Schools":
The video "In Pursuit of Happiness" ends with Rubenstein's resignation:
The Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) are a set of rigorous, internationally benchmarked standards aligned with work and post-secondary expectations which have been adopted by most of the states in the country. These standards serve as a consistent set of expectations for what students should learn and be able to do, so that we can ensure that every student is on track for college and career readiness. The grades 3-8 Math and ELA assessments will be aligned to the CCLS starting in spring 2013.
At North Shore, teachers and administrators are working diligently to ensure that curriculum, instruction, and assessment are aligned with the instructional shifts demanded by the CCLS.