The Common Core State Standard Initiative

1656 WordsDec 14, 20157 Pages
Nathan Connor Adopted by forty-two out states in 2010, the Common Core State Standard Initiative strives to provide an educational structure which details what English language arts and mathematics should be taught from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The initiative is the federal government’s attempt to ensure all students who graduate from high school are adequately prepared to enter a two or four year college or the workforce. Despite their intentions, the Common Core has caused much controversy in the education community. The thought behind Common Core is very valid and has the potential to help students, however changes must be made to unrealistic standards and wordy statements. Common Core must first be rewritten so that the language is clear and can be easily understood by the general public. Next ask experts on childhood development and elementary school teachers to review the standards and rewrite standards they see as unneeded or irrelevant as well as unrealistic. Some however, such as Tom Scott, the executive director of the state superintendents association, believes “It’s [Common Core] much more about politics than it is about education” (Zernike). Tom argues that federal intervention has created a system which emphasizes easy to comparable results rather than an academically accelerated agenda. Opponents of the movement see the movement as an unnecessary disruption to the traditional state run education process. They argue that in the attempt to create
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