April 28, 2014
Should Common Core be Standard?
On April 16, Senator Chuck Grassley asked his colleagues to support his fight to defund the Common Core Standard’s initiative. Republicans have recently attacked the Common Core as “Obamacore” and argued that it should not be a standard that schools are encouraged to abide by.
Today, 44 states and the District of Columbia have adopted and continue to implement these standards in their schools. Corestandards.org defines the Common Core:
The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live. Forty-four states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the Common Core.
Should the Common Core be encouraged and is it necessary for education? Why are Republicans and others attacking the standard in the first place? What would happen to future education if these states drop the Common Core? Has the Common Core helped education before? Is it helping it now? Is it necessary for the Federal Government to fund education or state its belief in how education should develop?