Since being unleashed on the field of education in 2010, common core has been both praised and denounced from all sides. While standards are important for school to have for their students, some thought that common core was an overreach on the federal government’s part. I myself am hesitant about all of it, after all, we’ve all seen those common core math worksheets posted online, and then proceeded to scratch our heads in confusion. These standards also support the competition of where federal funding will go. While I think competition can get a lot of things to happen, I don’t think it’s right to gamble with the education of a struggling child. If a school is already struggling, I don’t see the use in stressing out both the teachers and the students with the possibility of losing even more funding and resources. The reasons these schools are doing so bad in the first place is because of this lack of resources. The schools that struggle the most are usually school with a large low income populace, and the students coming in inherently disadvantaged.
Questions to think about:
How can struggling schools be motivated to do better when the threat of federal funding being taken away is off the table?
Does implementing federal common core standards take away some of the ability from the teacher to effectively teach their classes how they see fit without having to worry about taking and meeting test standards all the time? Especially when there are so many students who are on different levels within each subject.