Common Core: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Frightening


The controversy around the Common Core has been growing. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you might have heard something about this incredibly experimental and federally overreaching program that is being implemented across the nation.

When researching Common Core you can’t help but to see the good, the bad and the ugly. Let’s take a closer look at the Standards and touch on just a few of those good, bad and ugly facets.

The good: The less than 2% of children who happen to move state to state won’t have to worry about getting caught up or being too far ahead of their new peers. The standards will be aligned in all of the states that have adopted it. The rigorous work will promote critical thinking in children. An important skill to have in life.

The bad: Many teachers have stated that the curriculum they will have to use to get the children to pass the assessments is age inappropriate. Teaching a child to think critically is one thing, when it’s age appropriate and their brains are developed enough to be able to work through this process.

English Language Arts in Kindergarten includes children writing persuasive arguments. When do they learn sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and probably most importantly at that young age, spelling? Sight words, counting and following directions is integral to a Kindergartner’s day. Writing persuasive sentences as to why they deserve that new toy is not.

For older kids, in an attempt to get away from the “mile wide, inch deep,” knowledge skills for different subjects, the standards actually cut material that kids are currently learning. There will be no more learning about how to find the area of a triangle. The geometry used will be a very confusing method that was tested in the 80s in Russia at a Talented and Gifted school and failed miserably.

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