Common Core standards were designed by state officials as a way to make sure that students in, say, Montana are learning the same level as their counterparts in Maine.
New Things shake people up, as do all “changes” of any type. Common Core is a “New Thing,” therefore it shakes folks up.
It is not:
- a federal curriculum
- a cultural warfare tool to brainwash children
- a “failed program” – it’s way to new to declare that yet
Some states, like Indiana, changed the name to “Hoosier State Standards” while leaving everything else virtually identical to Common Core Standards.
The idea behind Common Core tracks back to, and was supported by, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.
The hope of supporters is that Common Core states will be able to measure whether their students have the skills they need in an increasingly mobile and globalizing economy. As of 2012, at least 20% of college freshmen in the U.S. had to take remedial courses that not only derails many students’ journey to a diploma, but also costs taxpayers an estimated $2.5 billion a year in financial aid.
Time Magazine article can be read by clicking here.
You can view a Prezi presentation of New Mexico Common Core State Standards by clicking here.