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Common Core is bad for schools

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Started: 2/7/2017 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Debate Round No. 1


Thank you for joining my debate. Common core is bad for schools because it values tests over learning. The way the whole system is set up makes it so that intelligence is measured by standardized test upon standardized test each year, causing stress, anxiety, and depression. If you think that standardized tests measure intelligence, you need to rethink your views, end of story.


The Common Core system is a set of academic standards in mathematics and the English language arts (S1). Common Core gives public schooling the initiative to properly educate students, and prepare students for college. A lecturer at Boston University says that “One of the broad goals is that the increased rigor of the Common Core will help everyone become college and/or career ready,” (S2).

My opponent discredits the Common Core standards by saying that "it values tests over learning," and concludes his argument with a snarky "end of story." Firstly, yes, the Common Core does provide standardized testing. However, the Common Core uses these tests to measure the skills of different public schools, and motivates students to improve in contextual learning and critical thinking (S3). Also, it prepares students for other standardized tests such as the PSAT and SAT.

Personally, I have found that, over the years, the Common Core and Common Core Standardized Testing has helped me tremendously. It has pushed me to study more vocabulary, improve on document analysis and critical thinking, and prepare better for the PSAT and SAT.


Debate Round No. 2


While Common Core does set standards for students, many of these standards are not right. Common Core math is overcomplicated, using the method of grouping numbers for basic addition problems which is not the best approach for teaching second graders. There is no need to continue using a system of education that was never peer reviewed and is becoming increasingly unpopular. Common Core brings the American education system down. It is simply something that looks good on paper but not in practice.
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by sboss18 2 years ago
Daniel5723, are you a math teacher? Do you have experience actually teaching using Common Core state standards?
I literally have degrees in mathematics and education and have firsthand experience with teaching CC math. Your views on Common Core standards seem to suggest you are taking information out of context. Everyone has seen those Facebook reposts of how elementary school students are learning arithmetic using common core, and how it looks way more obtuse and counter-intuitive, but that's simply because you are not looking at the methods in the context of the classroom and the lesson as a whole. Common Core math is not all about benchmark testing, it's about introducing into the curriculum methods of performing math operations as intuitively as possible.
Posted by CosmoJarvis 2 years ago
Ah, perfect! Only a mere 2,000 characters! Definitely not short at all!
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