Common Core Not for the Common Good

1065 WordsJun 16, 20185 Pages
“Nineteen countries and education systems scored higher than the United States in reading on the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, up from nine systems when the test was last administered in 2009. “While we’re standing still, other countries are making progress,” said Jack Buckley, the commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, which issued the U.S. report on PISA.” (Heitin). From the outside the initiative, “Common Core” that President Obama and the government have been pushing since 2009 seems like it would be a great thing for education ,our children, and the future of our society, but once you look closer it is not. I believe that we definitely need serious improvement in the US…show more content…
We purposely have created three federal laws on education to allow states to continue administering and adjusting their own education needs. (“The Role of the Federal Government I Public Education in the United States”). These laws are General Education Provisions Act (1970), Department of Education Organization Act (1979) and the No Child Left Behind Act (2001). These laws explicitly ban the federal government from having a say in curriculum and the instructional practice guides. (Pioneer Institute Public Policy Research Youtube Video). Common Core is infringing on states’ rights. Currently states have a choice on their own curriculum, teachers required certifications, methods of instruction, standards, accountability of teachers, and control over charter and private schools. If we choose Common Core this will no longer be the case. States will no longer have a choice; Common Core requires the states to adhere completely to their standards and their guidelines. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have already adopted the Common Core, due to “President Barack Obama’s Race to the Top initiative, which awarded more than $4 billion in federal grants to states that demonstrated a commitment to education reform and
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