Common Core

When we think of education, we often assume we are getting the ones that peers are as well. Unfortunately, not everyone will have the same educational experience, as I stated in my post, Education Can Not Be Standardized. However, with standardized testing being a common goal among our nation’s schools, schools are trying to standardize themselves and the students in efforts to have all sucessful. The problem with that is that if everybody is successful, that measurement of success is not success anymore – it is simply a norm.

Teachers will be able to better cooperate through a Common Core standard. (photo by jared)

Teachers will be able to better cooperate through a Common Core standard. (photo by jared)

Nonetheless, schools are trying to implement something called “Common Core,” which is understandably a common requisite for schooling per grade. Of course, it will be harder than what is instilled in our schools now. Common Core is undoubtedly one of the biggest educational reforms that will happen to this country – and we are living through the change. In fact, the change will probably exceed some of our lives.

As according to ascd.org, under the No Child Left Behind act, the Common Core State Standards are going to create a narrower chasm in student proficiencies. The Common Core State Standards will be implemented by more than forty states, discounting states such as Alaska and Texas.

The standards simply do not stop at an educational point. The central task at hand is to change student’s lives – making them more well-rounded, and whole, as a child. According to another article by ascd.org, entitled, College, Career, and Citizenship Education Policy Briefing, is going to help to balance and support subjects in reading, math, and science. The article states that the Obama administration is counter-intuitive in its efforts to save money by collapsing programs for subjects such as arts, foreign language, and economics. It is a crazy thought considering many educational quotes have to do with something along the lines of, “The more education we have in our minds, the less violence in our streets.” The article goes on to offer recommendations for how the government can better support these aspects of common education.

According to edweek.org, the standards are causing some controversy, as many believe the teachers are now going to need “…professional development and resources…” to teach students in the Common Core mindset. There are pros for teachers as well. With the opportunities that the teachers have for collaboration, they are able to learn from each other and improve upon their teaching skills. Surely, one teacher is going to have a greater method than another – and the internet and out-of-school meetings are going to allow for collaboration to occur.

There are several accounts of  teachers already stating that Common Core has improved their teaching skills. In the article, Follow-Up: Common Core on the Ground, Alison Crowley, a math teacher, states that, “For the first time in my teaching career, I feel the students really understand the connections between an algebraic equation, the graph of that function, and its complex roots. The problem-solving approach makes a difference.”

As it turns out, it looks as if everyone will benefit from the implementation of Common Core into more than forty of our nation’s states. We shall see if the long-term effects are going to prove to help students more than hinder them.

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