- Author: Graduate Student Cortland University, Teacher
- State: NY
- Test: Other
- Date: November 6 at 7:43 pm ET
I am writing to express my concern regarding the new common core curriculum and its effects on our young learners and future generations. First and foremost, the curriculum was adopted with haste and with a complete disregard for the importance of phasing in a new program as opposed to jumping in head first. Our children, our teachers and our parents were not given adequate time to absorb the new changes and make necessary modifications.
Secondly, the new common core stifles creativity at a time when children need to exposure to this for 21st century occupations and life. It creates a climate of “sameness” and does not take into account students’ differences and unique talents.
Next, how does common core affect the small voices of our children? The important life skills like play, socialization, creativity, pacing and time to digest new information are lost. In its place, a scripted, developmentally inappropriate, dry curriculum that focuses on close reads and testing.
Lastly…What do the children have to say and has anyone asked them? After all, it is their future, their dreams, their lives that are being disregarded in the name of a scripted, rote education. Sometimes, one size does not fit all. Sometimes, children need to learn by doing and exploring the world around them.
If this trend continues, the only future occupations our children will be prepared for is that of test taker and bubble filler. Is this what we want for our children? I would argue that for many, it is not.