How Common Core has failed us

The Common Core State Standards was launched in 2009 U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Common Core is a set of goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills students need in mathematics and English language arts so they can be prepared for college and careers in the future. The Common Core standards were supposed to get students to understand math more deeply.

For some most high school students, it didn’t work out that way. Most high school students are genuinely annoyed with Common Core because they think it doesn’t teach them what they really need to know. Students have a hard time with this learning concept because it’s more elaborate than it needs to be. You should learn what you need to learn and not go into further detail with what doesn’t need to be taught.

Another issue with Common Core is that there is a lot of group work involved. Students say that you do a lot of group work and teachers basically let you teach yourself. Most concepts learned in class are very different from how they were taught years ago, which frustrates a great amount of people. For instance, you could get the correct answer to a problem, but the way you got the answer could be incorrect, so therefore the entire answer is incorrect.

Though the Common Core standards were designed to prepare students for college and a career, a survey found that many workplace supervisors and employees believe skills necessary for success are not part of the Common Core. Schools didn’t entirely focus on what students absolutely needed to know in life, but rather what they would need for basic math classes in college.

What’s wrong with Common Core English standards?

Common Core asks students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies. Students will be challenged and asked questions that have them refer back to what they’ve previously read. This stresses critical-thinking and problem-solving that are required for success in college, a career, and life.

There’s the problem. This type of teaching isn’t required to succeed in life. Sure, problem solving is a part of life, but it shouldn’t be shoved down a students throat as if it’s the only concept they need to learn in life. Students should be able to read stories with out having to overthink it. Not every story or piece of literature should have to be examined with such deep thought.

How Common Core has hurt Mathematics.

In a nutshell, Common Core has made math much more difficult than it has to be. Students will go home to there parents and ask for help, and most wont even know where to begin because it is such a big change than from when they learned it.

Simple addition and subtraction problems are taught so different now, and it often makes students angry. There are multiple different ways to solve problems, students don’t know the right way from the wrong way. The new teaching method makes questions so much longer and extensive than necessary. Students often ask “Why do we need to learn this?” or “Why is this problem so long?” Truth is, they don’t have to be.

In conclusion, Common Core is damaging students starting at a young age and is not preparing them for college in the way it should not be.


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