In a previous article, 5 arguments against the Common Core state standards were articulated. The standards were summarized as the following:
The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSI) came about in 2009 when the National Governors Association pursued development of new educational expectations. The NGA collaborated with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and released CCSI in 2010. The hope is to create a more modern and competitive education model for the US.
There are currently 45 states opting into the standards, with a few proposing legislation to remove itself from it.
As a response to the points made, here are 5 arguments in support of Common Core:
1. Students will be more competitive in a global economy
"Common Core standards are meant to reflect cultural diversity of different states."
Common Core outlines more rigorous standards to help high school students develop higher level skills to be competitive in a job market. Some argue that schools will lack diversity by abiding to the same curriculum. However, graduates will be more prepared for what employers around the country are looking for.
2. Standards were developed by a consortium of education experts and officials
Despite claims of Common Core being a national curriculum, it was led by two organizations formed by state officials. Both the NGA and the CCSSO decided on what core standards would look like. States decide whether or not to opt in.
As a result, the standards are meant to reflect cultural diversity of different states. Despite the federal government incentivizing Common Core adoption, it is not the same top-down reform seen in the past (i.e. No Child Left Behind).
3. The standards reflect a modern society
Integrated in Common Core’s reform of mathematics and English is the incorporation of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math). The inclusion of non-fictional texts can open discussions on the concepts of STEM. The structure of math standards are reflective of what is useful in engineering and science.
Specific science and engineering standards are currently in development, known as Next Generation Science Standards.
4. Clearer goals and expectations
The standards create clearer goals and students will better understand what is expected of them. Each grade level has outlines for what needs to be learned. There are also guides for teachers on how to help student meet those goals.
Some argue this sacrifices flexibility for teachers to run their classrooms.
5. Room for flexibility in teaching remains
There is room for flexibility in teaching since the standards act as a guide, not a governing law or curriculum. About 85 percent of the standards are set in stone, but the rest provides room for teachers to include what they believe is important.
There are no cookie-cutter lesson plans to follow either — preferred teaching styles do not have to be sacrificed.
There are important details to consider on both sides of the Common Core debate. Whether you believe states should follow a common path for education reform or develop their own, the effectiveness of a high school diploma is still an issue. Creators of Common Core are willing to address it. Pros and cons will always be present in any reform movement, but such is the nature of policymaking.
Be sure to check out previous coverage of the issue on IVN:
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I'm going through this hell they call "common core" It isn't doing anything but make things harder for both teachers and students.
I STRONGLY DISAGREE!!!!! Common core is nothing more than a desensitization of our society. Another step toward socialism/ communism
When I was in public school in the 1950's and 1960's, we were given achievement tests at the end of the school year to see how much we had learned since the previous year. The rest of the year we were graded based on quizes, 6-week tests, semester tests and a final exam at the end. We learned penmanship and the basics. Social studies, language arts (reading, creative writing, grammar, etc.) and we learned practical skills like how to count money and make change and how to fill out checks and other forms. My grandchildren who are in the public schools in Virginia, are taught only what they need to know to make an acceptable score on their sols (standards of learning). I have grandchildren who cannot read and write cursive writing, don't know how to tell time on a non-digital clock and have a hard time filling out job applications.
Disagree, only a forced approval of immorality in our society. Instituted by whom else, but our "leader?"
Disagree. We don't need national standards. We need teachers who teach without intimidation by unions OR school officials.
This is going to be like obabmacare. The People don't want it but it is being shoved down our throats.
just another way for the government to interfere in our lives. we have too many people in govt telling us what to do as it is. its time for the states to take back control and tell the federal govt to jump off a cliff
Disagree! They kept voting & voting on Long Island, The people do not want it, so now they're holding closed door meetings. WTF?????
Disagree with CC. It's not that I don't believe in national standards. I have big issues with the lesson plans and assignments. They leave a lot to be desired. I also don't care for the fact that states have been bribed with federal money in order to get them to accept this program. If it's so wonderful than it should sell itself.
Haha read it Curt...for Gods sake why are people so lazy? If you don't put a link I can click on you are a liar! Good lord
There are positives and negatives to homogenous education standards. On the one hand, it holds everyone to the same standard, on the other hand, it neglects the individual needs of a specific community.
I just got my Master's in teaching this spring. We were taught that, love it or hate it, it's the future, so get used to it.
Reading some of the comments attached to the article, it appears that our education system is definitely lacking. Pleural and possessive usage of the apostrophe needs to be emphasized more. I try usually to go by the content of what someone writes for their opinion, but when they constantly make the same grammar errors while trying to explain that we don't need standards...I've got to wonder.
Oh, and as far as a job market - there isn't one. Unless flipping burgers is considered a career now. Most families cannot afford college, and students who do qualify for student loans can expect to be paying for them well into their 30's.
One of the text books containing the "Constitution", completely re-wrote the 2nd Amendment to read something like this: "The right to bear arms as part of a militia." Which of course, completely skews the meaning of the Amendment. Tests are given to grade school students which contain wording such as the following: "All orders given by the government must be followed completely." A grade school in Wisconsin recently raised controversy when it produced a play which contained wording such as, "I will serve Obama". If this kind of indoctrination doesn't scare the hell out of you, then you are probably a socialist.
Most countries have a national set of standards, which keep the schools up to the mark. My understanding of this program is that the curriculum has not been developed by any government agency, but by a national organization of educators, completely independent of government (sort of organization that libertarians should be in favor of!), and endorsed by the government. The real question should always be not who developed the ideas, but whether the idea is a good one, and how it measures up against what was in place beforehand. Schools must change continually in order to keep preparing the next generation for the future, not the past (real or imagined).
The fact that the teachers union backed common core-ruption proves that they are unfit for involvement in the American school system. Our colleges have been failing us for years. Time to let each state set its own standards, They all have elected officials. Then we will see what works better or worse for American students.
As an educator myself, I must disagree. But more importantly, Common Core asserts the idea that children can be STANDARDIZED.
Political Indoctrination ? Propaganda ? I feel concerned for any children that will have to endure Public Education as it is let alone Common Core............ Disagree !
NC, GA, TX all started it. GA is talking about only do half the plan. Had to be dems seeing how these states are involved.
However, I watched a video of someone who asked a question concerning this! He received a police escort and somehow was detained in Md. ;)
So in short the states are doing this and the feds are just giving money to the state's to increase education. Many states have got this money and have not done anything with common core. The state's just need to come up with a plan. My opinion on this is the governors came up with this idea to get some extra federal money. But beside that point we do need to increase our educational standards.
Check out the page independent voter put up 25 minutes ago. After that maybe a few Google's of actual real life sources and not a blog.
The problem is our teachers are teaching to a known test. If they actually taught all the skills required for the grade the kids would not have a problem. We see every new technic being taught throughout the years. We even had the latest greatest abacus when I was in school. But if the kids are taught the foundation's and master them the problem will be solved when test time comes. Tired of hearing about teaching to a test.
A little note on this. This was developed among a group of states at the request of the governors association and note the Fed's.