Out the door with Common Core

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Out the door with Common Core

Senior Josh Bays works on an assignment.

Senior Josh Bays works on an assignment.

Dylan Mobley

Senior Josh Bays works on an assignment.

Dylan Mobley

Dylan Mobley

Senior Josh Bays works on an assignment.

Dylan Mobley, Staff Writer

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A common question that is currently going around the media is the establishment of common core in the United States Education system and whether it’s detrimental to Education. Common Core was established in 2009. The idea of Common Core was to get kids ready for college and the idea of getting kids ready for college is excellent in a sense; however, not every kid learns in the same way as their classmates.

The reason why Common Core is so terrible for Education is that it focuses so much on test scores and not enough on the students’ strengths. In hindsight, some teachers look at the fact that success is based on test scores and not individuality, or even what kids are good at. Some students look at the test and have test anxiety, that will decrease their test scores because they are to stressed out to think. Others learn in a hands-on style, and that specific class may not be a hands-on class and it very well could have been before common core. That’s why Common
Core is so detrimental to our education system.

According to Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty writers at the Hill,  “Since common core has been around we have seen a drop in Math scores and college preparation going down, while reading has stayed the same in the 2017 NAEP (the National Assessment of Educational Progress) scores.”

Scores have been at a stagnate of a rate from 2008 before common core through 2017 when we have spent four billion dollars on common core. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, “From 1999 to 2008 we saw an increase of five points in the on the NAEP mathematics test for 8th graders, however according to Thomas B. Fordham Institute, “on the same test from 2008-2017 we only saw an increase of two points.”

In the eyes of the taxpayers, this should be seen as theft because for four million dollars we should see a lot bigger of a jump in these test scores.

Common Core makes all students average, there is no way for students looking to be more than average much better than fellow students. With the ideology that every student learns the same, and that a one-system educational system is effective, then why have scores not skyrocketed, or should we instead believe that our current educational system is failing us. I think it’s time to give the broom to Common Core.

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