Argumentative Essay On Common Core

1131 Words Dec 17th, 2014 5 Pages
Genary Gomez Mr. Scheiner
English Period #4 11/21/13

Argumentative Essay on Common Core

“Without Common Core we (America) are not where we want or need to be.” The New York Times reported this in August, 2013. Currently, every state sets its own curriculum for its schools. The result is that the United States ranks “25th in math, 17th in science, and 14th in reading compared to students in 27 industrialized countries.” Without national standards, students depend upon the luck of where they were born or schooled to get a comprehensive education that will prepare them for life. If the United States is
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But what is Common Core?

The National Review in May of this year in an article titled, Two Moms vs. Common Core explains: “Common Core is a set of math and English standards developed largely with Gates Foundation money and pushed by the Obama administration and the National Governors Association. The standards define what every schoolchild should learn each year, from first grade through twelfth, and the package includes teacher evaluations tied to federally funded tests designed to ensure that schools teach to Common Core. Over 40 states hurriedly adopted Common Core, some before the standards were even written, in response to the Obama administration’s making more than $4 billion in federal grants conditional on their doing so. Only Texas, Alaska, Virginia, and Nebraska declined. (Minnesota adopted the English but not the math standards.)”

I want a quality education. I’m part of the next generation. People in charge now aren’t going to be in charge when I become an adult. My generation will be making decisions and if we make the wrong decisions, there will be big consequences. For this reason, it’s important to have high standards so that kids who are currently in school will have the benefit of the best education possible, regardless of where in the country they live and what their economic status is

I come from the Dominican Republic where it’s expected that every student takes state tests in order to
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