5 Arguments in Support of Common Core Standards

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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."
In 2012, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked the United States 17th in the world. Higher ranked countries are known to have its high school graduates attain the same level of education as US community college students.

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:

Effectiveness of Common Core Standards Leaves Educators Uncertain

States Laws to Resist Common Core Standards Implementation

New National Curriculum Standards Geared for Global Economy

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  1. Bryan The common core standards are fine, the assessments are flawed and will eliminate many good students from being able to succeed.  Try for yourself at                                                           https://sbacpt.tds.airast.org/student/
  2. Alec Szigeti I'm going through this hell they call "common core" It isn't doing anything but make things harder for both teachers and students.
  3. Montie Crowder I STRONGLY DISAGREE!!!!! Common core is nothing more than a desensitization of our society. Another step toward socialism/ communism
  4. Jackie Mesenbrink disagree!!!!!!!!!!!!
  5. Wendy Snodgrass Disapprove
  6. NancyMarsh1 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.
  7. Richard Gill Disagree, only a forced approval of immorality in our society. Instituted by whom else, but our "leader?"
  8. Richard O. Burney What about the complaints? Give them equal publicity!!
  9. Jacalyn Daugherty not a fan
  10. Mike Dillon THIS "Common Core" ?? http://weaselzippers.us/2013/10/31/more-common-core-indoctrination-the-people-must-obey-the-governments-commands/
198 comments
Bryan
Bryan

The common core standards are fine, the assessments are flawed and will eliminate many good students from being able to succeed.  Try for yourself at 

                                                         https://sbacpt.tds.airast.org/student/

Alec Szigeti
Alec Szigeti

I'm going through this hell they call "common core" It isn't doing anything but make things harder for both teachers and students.

Montie Crowder
Montie Crowder

I STRONGLY DISAGREE!!!!! Common core is nothing more than a desensitization of our society. Another step toward socialism/ communism

NancyMarsh1
NancyMarsh1

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.

Richard Gill
Richard Gill

Disagree, only a forced approval of immorality in our society. Instituted by whom else, but our "leader?"

Rich Owen
Rich Owen

Common core was established to make happy debt ridden slaves.

Richard Bumann
Richard Bumann

Disagree.... nothing independent about this facebook account..

Tom Kibler
Tom Kibler

Standardized testing is an abysmal failure-teach kids critical thinking.

Catherine Carson Clark
Catherine Carson Clark

Disagree. We don't need national standards. We need teachers who teach without intimidation by unions OR school officials.

Buddy Faust
Buddy Faust

What job market? This administration and Democrats have killed America's economy, period.

Sigler Couch
Sigler Couch

This is going to be like obabmacare. The People don't want it but it is being shoved down our throats.

JudyChristine
JudyChristine

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

Janice Berntsen-Schmitz
Janice Berntsen-Schmitz

Disagree! They kept voting & voting on Long Island, The people do not want it, so now they're holding closed door meetings. WTF?????

Sigler Couch
Sigler Couch

It came from the government it can't be good.

Robert N Sheryl Hickle
Robert N Sheryl Hickle

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.

David Vuxta
David Vuxta

Jus another instance of the government telling us they know better than we do what is best for us

Lucas Gervais
Lucas Gervais

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

Sam Dunham
Sam Dunham

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.

Sam Dunham
Sam Dunham

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.

Josette Johnson Brooks
Josette Johnson Brooks

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.

Terry Brewer
Terry Brewer

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.

Terry Brewer
Terry Brewer

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.

Kelley Monahan
Kelley Monahan

Afraid for our future. Thankful my kids are in college. What mind control garbage.

Terry Brewer
Terry Brewer

Common core is nothing but an indoctrination program developed by the socialist democrats.

Rupert Chapman
Rupert Chapman

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).

GregMeyer1
GregMeyer1

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.

Lloyd Ritchey
Lloyd Ritchey

As an educator myself, I must disagree. But more importantly, Common Core asserts the idea that children can be STANDARDIZED.

Lou Damey
Lou Damey

They aren't public schools, they're government schools, of indoctrination!

Ulfr Dokkr
Ulfr Dokkr

I'm yet to meet a single educator that supports Common Core. So scrap it AND No Child Left Behind.

Jerry Crowe
Jerry Crowe

We don't need the Dept of Education and we need to let local school districts handle this.

Jim Dunn
Jim Dunn

Political Indoctrination ? Propaganda ? I feel concerned for any children that will have to endure Public Education as it is let alone Common Core............ Disagree !

Jean Irwin
Jean Irwin

Disagree, another socialist program for control!!!!

Kevin Fooce
Kevin Fooce

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.

Dale Manning
Dale Manning

However, I watched a video of someone who asked a question concerning this! He received a police escort and somehow was detained in Md. ;)

Dale Manning
Dale Manning

Is this another Democratic thing! If so, :poop:

Kevin Fooce
Kevin Fooce

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.

Kevin Fooce
Kevin Fooce

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.

Kevin Fooce
Kevin Fooce

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.