- Author: Erin, Graduate Student
- State: NY
- Test: All Tests
- Date: June 22 at 11:24 am ET
Some would argue that the educational system has done a complete 180 degree turn with the implementation of the Common Core. It has had negative reviews by educators and parents alike. After reading Diane Ravitch’s, Death & Life of the American Education System: How testing and choice are undermining education I have begun to think that things may not be as bad or as different as they seem.
There seems to be a new educational policy with each presidency- be it “No Child Left Behind” or “Race to the Top.” The Common Core is no different. In Ravitch’s book, the mistakes made by policy makers are highlighted. It seems that with each new program rolled out an attempt has been made to correct the errors of previous programs. Knowing this, our goal as educators is the same as it always has been. We do our best to educate our students with the curriculum we are given and to provide a safe and caring environment.
I propose that as educators we embrace the Common Core for two reasons. First, like anything else, if the teacher does not have a passion for what he or she is teaching, students often lose out. Secondly, one thing teachers do best is modify and adjust- usually at a moment’s notice. So why are we fighting the Common Core? For the sake of our students we need to embrace the changes and challenges and maintain our passion for education.