The Common Core State Standards Initiative is an education plan designed to bring each U.S. state’s curricula into alignment with each other nationwide. This sounds very Progressive and worse yet — 45 states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense have adopted the standards.
Admittedly, I am not an overly smart man, but even with a college degree, I have no clear idea what those standards are, and judging from the website corestandards.org, they have no clear picture either.
“Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school.
Teachers, parents and community leaders have all weighed in to help create the Common Core State Standards. The standards clearly communicate what is expected of students at each grade level. This will allow our teachers to be better equipped to know exactly what they need to help students learn and establish individualized benchmarks for them. The Common Core State Standards focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades, thus enabling teachers to take the time needed to teach core concepts and procedures well—and to give students the opportunity to master them.
With students, parents and teachers all on the same page and working together for shared goals, we can ensure that students make progress each year and graduate from school prepared to succeed in college and in a modern workforce.”
It boils down to this: Common Core is ‘a one-size-fits-all’ program and the one question you need to ask yourself: Is this good for my child?
I’m betting not.