Common Core is not a curriculum but a set of standards and federally funded tests that are backed by the federal government and President Obama. It is sponsored by the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Counsil of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
States are relinquishing control of education to the federal government. This takes education out of the hands of the States and the teachers. Does anyone else see why this is a major problem??? The federal government is now telling each state, that adopted this “standard”, how to run their school. States that wanted to apply for grant funds associated with the Barack Obama administration’s Race to the Top (RTTT) program were required to adopt the Common Core. Does that sound right to you? Basically, these standards are not that “optional”. States were not even sure what they were adopting since the actual criteria for Common Core was not presented to them. And the cost to change over to this is staggering.
The standards are supposed to be flexible, but they aren’t. A child struggling with reading and/or math will have a very hard time keeping up. Teachers are pressured to cover all the federal sanctioned lesson plans and some kids will get “left behind”. Hmmmm…. We can’t blame the teachers either. The lesson plans and curriculum has been taken out of their hands.
Education is supposed to be in the hands of the States, not the federal government. Our teachers should be “teaching” our children, not being told that they have a time limit and that the kids should be teaching themselves. Take a moment and look up CCSS.