Common Core or Common Sense?
It's that time of year again! Students all over the US are being subject to standardized testing that stems from teaching to 'The Common Core' curriculum. Should we be teaching the Common Core? Have we lost our Common Sense?
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“Common Core." Ugh. Standardized tests. Ugh. It’s that time of year again ladies and gentlemen!
I remember growing up, I had to take standardized tests in school. The difference was, 20 plus years ago, these tests weren’t the “be all, end all”. They didn’t determine how much funding the schools got depending on how well students performed. They didn’t constrain teachers’ creativity by choking them to death with a workload without a spare moment to infuse students’ minds with inspiring reading or taking them on field trips.
School used to be a place where you could learn about life; not just life as it is written in books.
And I’m sorry, but just because a student scores in a top percentile, it does not equate to the real life scenario that they will be promised to earn $100,000 more than their classmates; nor does it guarantee them a job upon graduation.
If I could explain how division is done in a word problem, it does not mean I am a better individual than anyone else.
Yet, schools are rewarded for their participation in The Common Core. Students are stressed out over this. It’s silly.