The way that I see it, Common Core is not very well liked among most Americans. Why would they like it? Grueling standardized tests that put too much pressure on children and teachers, over-regulated classroom standards, and overwhelmed parents who can’t help their children with math.
I graduated from high school right before the government started implementing Common Core in the United States. Everyone tells me that I’m very lucky. In a way, I am very lucky. I have been able to look at Common Core from an unbiased standpoint. I am not a parent struggling with their child, I am not a teacher struggling with the material, and I am not a child or adolescent who is reluctant to do their assigned Common Core task. I am not directly affected by Common Core. I am indirectly affected by Common Core because I work with primary school aged children, I have two younger siblings who are in the public school system with Common Core, and my mother works in the public education system. Those indirect influences gave me indirect exposure and motivation to develop a perspective on Common Core.
Let’s back up a little bit.
I’m going to take a second to validate the reasons that I previously listed for people to hate Common Core. They’re very good reasons to be skeptical.
But take a look at this question right here:
It seems like an insanely complicated way to do things when we could just memorize them, right? Yet, what are our values for our children? To pass the class and make the grade, or to learn? Should they learn to memorize their tables, or should they learn how the numbers work so that they can apply this knowledge to any math in the future? Notice how the problem asks students to break the numbers down and learn the value of the number in order to understand how to build the numbers back up into the answer.
Common Core opposers say teachers struggle with this kind of math as well. Of course they would! They weren’t raised with Common Core. That doesn’t mean that Common Core math problems aren’t a more efficient way of teaching young students. It is the way that the professionals who implement the blame on teachers for not understanding Common Core that really peeves me. If we provide resources for everybody in the community to learn these Common Core methods of learning, the United States might not have such a strong opposition toward Common Core.
Then opposers look at the testing standards. This is when I start agreeing with the opposers. Although I believe Common Core is a much more efficient method of teaching students to learn; I believe that students must learn this new method at their own pace. Every student is capable of learning the material with the right support, attention, and time. These tests put students back into the “memorize for the test” mentality.
It’s up to us to analyze these things for ourselves, not allow the government or the news media to tell us what to think! Thanks for reading.