Some well-meaning people support The Common Core State Standards for Ohio Public Schools, but are they mislead? Please consider the following information and thought from a retired teacher who taught for 35 years.
The children in school will be "assessed" extensively, which means there will be less time for teachers to teach and students to learn. Some of you might be thinking, well, at least teachers will know their students' weaknesses and skills, enabling them to plan accordingly. Not necessarily; unlike teachers' assessments, the data gathered is not necessarily available to the teachers and, if it is, does not arrive soon enough to help the individual student.
Also, what about the idea of a national assessment which leads to a national curriculum? Do you really believe a student in Los Angeles needs the same skill set as one in Seneca County? Also, are you really willing to relinquish local control of the school's curriculum? Now, if something is not right, you as a parent or a member of the community have a voice. You can call the school board. Do not be deceived; if this is established as it is designed, all local control over what is taught in your schools will be gone.
What is also sad is teachers also will have very little control over what they are allowed to teach or how they will present it.
Let us take a look at the two proposed curriculum, literature and math. The literature is packed with "practical reading," which is fine. However, what happened to the awe-inspiring writing, the kind that moves peoples' minds and hearts? It has been omitted from the curriculum. The math standards seem to require all students to take the same specific classes, not allowing for individual choice or ability.
Bill Gates is a heavy contributor to the institute that made up the Common Core plan. He was quoted as saying it would enable our students to be able to compete as good workers in the global economy.
Personally, I would rather have well-informed, insightful, compassionate, patriotic, individualistic, God-honoring Americans. If you agree, see what you can do at stopcommoncore.com.