The common core curriculum has certainly been a huge debate among both parents and kids all over the United States. There are some who think that it is a good idea, and then others have very strong reasons as to why it’s not. After researching this topic, I must say that it seems there are more negatives than positives. The one thing that seems to be a good idea is to have the same standard for all of the states. This way if your child moves to another state they will not be behind or ahead. However there are a lot more problems with this program that are hurting the kids and not really helping them.
Teaching to a test
Everyone knows that the common core standards are made so that kids can past the states mandated testing, however it does not teach creative thinking. One of the best things about children is their imagination, and ability to be creative. The common core standards seem to be taking this away and instead teaching kids that they need to only think in the way they are taught. Basically thinking outside of the box is no longer allowed. Remember that a test can not teach you to think or reason for yourself.
Less parent involvement
Another thing that is really troubling about the common core is how parents seem to have been taken out of the equation. After all parents are primarily responsible for raising their children not the state. So parents should be able to give input, when it comes to deciding what their children will be learning. Keep in mind that not all kids learn the same way, so by parents being involved they can ensure that their children are learning in a way that best suites them. The work is also so confusing to parents that they have no idea how to help their kids when they bring homework home. This just leads to more frustrated families, and eventually a hatred of learning for the kids. Parental involvement should be a key element of parents.
No more creative teachers
When a teacher is restricted as to how they can teach the children in their classroom, the creativity is gone. Let’s face it not all teachers teach the same way. Some are more creative in certain areas than others. It’s this type of creativity that really helps when helping kids with different learning styles to really grasp the information they are being taught.
More paperwork for kids
With common core it seems like kids are bringing home more paperwork than ever before. They have less and less time for family, and for just being kids. When this is lost they are deeply affected as adults. It even seems that schools are encouraging kids to have less activities outdoors, and be more plugged in. What happened to letting kids learn the old fashioned way? Unfortunately now the reality is that we have a bunch of kids who are so exhausted at the end of the day all they want to do is plug in a device and watch it. The parents are also exhausted from trying to figure out how to help their kids with their homework.