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Common Core or Common Curse

Discussion in 'US – Education news' started by adonai_torres, Jun 28, 2019.

  1. The introduction and implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) reflects a need to address the perceived deficiency of our educational system. However, the CCSS creates significant questions which have not been sufficiently addressed and which portend great challenges for our nation’s educational development. Its emphasis on uniformity of learning experiences will further make teachers teach for testing purpose, while students learn to pass assessment evaluation. Furthermore, the standard advocates for a career readiness and getting of good jobs. Rather than focus on this, the nation’s curriculum should ask questions about developing students with core values of nation building, respect for human rights and a deep commitment to lifelong learning (Tampio, 2018). What would it take to achieve these educational ideals in our schools? Primarily, local school districts should develop their educational standards with their unique needs in mind. Teachers and students should be allowed to pursue their passion and interest if established to develop critical thinking in them.

    Tampio, N. (2018). A democratic critique of the common core English Language arts (ELA) standards. Democracy and Education, 26(1), 1-7.
  2. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Common Core sounds a lot like the National Curriculum that was introduced 30 years ago in English schools. The curriculum itself wasn't/isn't the problem, it is the assessments that are done. Not only are they used to label 'failing'school the results are used to produce league tables of schools. This has resulted in, as you say, schools teaching to the test at the expense of everything else to secure their places in the tables. Add onto that an inspection regime that makes or breaks schools according to their results and you have the total mess we are in today.

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