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ss_anouse
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honeywhat2019
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Do we need common core in schools?

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Started: 12/10/2017 Category: Education
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ss_anouse

Con

I believe that we do not need common core in math and language arts, because math is already difficult as it is and language arts as already confusing, they say that common core will help but really, they just want more kids to suffer because math is already annoying as all hell, I mean if you're in 1st grade, you can't just count with your fingers anymore, you have to show your work for simple questions like 6 + 4 and show your work and showing your work involves doing it like an eighth grade, that's difficult for a first grader to do, and it is just plain dumb and shouldn't be in the school system anymore, it is TOO MUCH for us, some people just want to get done with school and not go to college, and others do. Either they get rid of common core or the people who want to go to college, go to private schools because private schools are forced to use the core.
honeywhat2019

Pro

I believe that we do need common core, not just in math and language arts, but also in social science and science. Contrary to the instigator, I do not believe that common core only makes children suffer more. In fact, I believe that common core rather helps to benefit children who otherwise would receive an inferior education to other students.

I would first like to address the argument of ss_anouse has made. His argument essentially states that common core requires children to work at a level above that of their grade- that a first grader, for example, must show work as if they are an eighth grader. Thus argument, however, has some rather substantial holes in it, the first of which being a rather basic misunderstanding of the current common core standards. Current common core standards for first grade, for example, only require students to learn very basic understanding of mathematics, such as use of addition and subtraction within the number 20. 8th graders, on the other hand, are required to understand much more advanced functions, such as learning the properties of exponents. (source: corestandards.org)

Further, this argument shows a disagreement with the current common core standards- not with the principle of common core. The principle of common core is to create a standard of education for students across the nation, so that all Americans can graduate high school with essential skills that they need to operate in the outside world. This is beneficial especially to students in low income areas who otherwise would have substandard education, and especially helps students in states such as Mississippi, where education is at its worst.

In addition, whether or not students want to go to college should not be relevant to common core standards. It is natural that the government would want to create a core standard that prepares students to go to a secondary education institution, even if it's something as simple as a community college, as this creates more skilled workers who will be able to contribute more to the economy. Students who do not wish to go to college can attend chartered technical schools who receive public funding, which are not held to all of the same common core standards, and instead train students to get jobs straight out of high school.

Common core as a basic principle is absolutely necessary to American education. As the leader of the free world, we must be able to effectively educate students in a way that prepares them for the world outside of high school. The compulsory education that our government provides is what distinguishes us from less developed nations, as well as what helps to stimulate our economy. Without a common core curriculum, students in low income areas, such as inner cities, would receive a poor education that would trap them in the cycle of poverty. If we wish to maintain a wealthy, powerful nation, then the common core curriculum is in our best interest.
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