Common Core is a set of K-12 educational standards, developed by big business and special interests in Washington D.C. and supported by private liberal foundations. It is another attempt to centralize decision making about our children"s education and development on a national level. Common Core will damage America"s public education system even further than the Department of Education already has. It is an affront to the United States Constitution and it will continue to ensure that America"s public education system continues its downward trend. What is truly disgusting is that Common Core, like Medicaid expansion is being pushed on states that are promised billions of tax dollars if the state legislature and/or governors accept the stings attached. We are being blackmailed into giving up our rights in exchange for our own money, and we don"t even get to decide how to spend it!
I tend to agree that many things in Washington are driven by special interest groups but common core should not be lumped into that category. Education obviously differs where you go around the country and that is why common core is such a necessity, without it we would be facing different teaching philosophies and doctrines that could possible be detrimental to the learning of children.
The Common Core was built on the idea that students should be able to think critically rather than just memorize material for tests. I love this thought but it does not do that, it focuses too much on rote learning and not enough on comprehension.
The tests are so intense, taking the average student eight to 10 hours to complete. Every child learns in different ways, they should be teaching that way.