No good reason to fear common core standards

info@islandpacket.comMay 17, 2013 

In response to a recent letter writer: How can an initiative led by the National Governors Association and Education Commissioners to improve the education of our children nationwide be a bad thing?

Establishing a core curriculum for K-12, preparing students for career or college, would seem to be advantageous to business and the professions alike. The federal government had no role in developing these standards, and its only role in their implementation could be in funding, but only if a state chooses to seek the available funds. If a state chooses not to accept these national core standards, they will not need to apply for money to implement them. No new texts will be needed and no new teacher training. No problem. This is not tied to No Child Left Behind, a failed program, nor is it mandatory. A state can freely continue with its existing educational programs and policies.

I am the grandchild and child of teachers, and the mother of publicly educated children. When moving from one district or state to another, the child often faces a great disadvantage, either because they are way behind or way ahead in what they've learned previously, due to differences in curricula. This is a problem for both child and teacher. If a child has been educated in a state with lower educational standards, they are at a disadvantage when applying for a job or for college. National standards level the playing field. South Carolina made the right choice to be part of this effort.

Cheryl Kanuck


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