A total of 45 states, including New York, have adopted the Common Core Standards Initiative, which focus on the subjects of math and English language arts.
From the difficulty and rigor of the work to the effects it is having on both students and teachers, Common Core is huge topic of debate at the moment. With that in mind, we asked Patch readers what they like least about Common Core.
Here's a few of the responses:
Kristy Marsden: Parents learned a different way and find it difficult to help their children with these new methods of learning. My daughter is only in kindergarten and I've already been confused by some of the way things are worded or what it is they are expecting exactly. I've had friends help their kids with HW and when the assignment was handed in, it was marked as incorrect.
Helen MacKay Jacobs: Too much time spent teaching to a test and not teaching to really learn something for the future.
Jennifer Parlante: Excessive testing, unrealistic expectations, and teaching to the tests!
Mary Suthers Storm: Common Core's focus is on the goal, not the child. We are teaching students to NOT think outside the box. Instead they are expected to absorb material at a uniform rate, in a uniform style and then regurgitate it in a standardized test. Inability to conform results in failure. Creative geniuses, like that of Steve Jobs or DaVinci, would have been crushed under Common Core standards.
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