What is the Common Core, you may ask? It is a way to make education in this country equal. As a teacher, if I have a child from another state move into my district and my classroom, most often they have not been taught the same concepts that I have already covered with my students. This is extremely frustrating for the student, and they generally don’t do well. The next year, when that student takes the Michigan MEAP (yes this test is changing to match the common core), and they fail, the State of Michigan posts this as a failure on my part to teach this student the proper concepts. They don’t know that I only had him/her for half a year, and that the student was unable to catch up – only that the student didn’t pass, and this therefore must be the fault of their previous teacher of record...me.
As teachers, we are told how we are failing the students of this country, how other countries on our planet are producing better educated children, and these countries are surpassing us in science, math, and business. The Common Core, adopted by 45 out of the 50 states, is a way of leveling the playing field, ensuring that all of the children in the United States get the same concepts in education – at the same level. Who are some of those who have not adopted this program you may ask? Texas has not, and Texas is one of the states that produces our textbooks. The Common Core is a program designed to make our children think deeper, infer, explore, analyze, and make connections with other curriculums, and the world around them. But, who would want that, right?
Is teaching to the Common Core more difficult and time consuming for me as a teacher, you bet! However, having said this, I am a teacher for a reason: and it isn’t the tremendous pay we receive. I teach to impart knowledge and help build the capabilities of the future generations of this country, so they can THINK! Lets face it: today’s students are the ones who will be making the laws that control your lives. How are we supposed to compete in today’s world, unless all of our children are receiving the same in-depth education. Anyone who does not believe that we need to improve our education in this country does not understand what our national educational system is currently like.