Will Common Core help our students succeed in literacy and mathematics?June 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Posted in Content Area Literacy | 4 Comments
(By Emily Bennett)
Common Core State Standards are here and there is nothing we can do about them but adapt our teaching styles and methods to include the material. Once you get past this, we can move into the more important idea: Does the common core help or hinder our students? According to a recent resolution passed by the Republican National Committee, the common Core is, “A national straightjacket on academic freedom and achievement.”
The Common Core standards are in place to try and set coherent standards on what children should know about math and English by various grades. These standards emphasize analytic reasoning. The common core standards say that students should, “be challenged to solve rich, relevant problems that require effort and persistence”. At first glace, this seems like a reasonable expectation for students.
Yet if we did a little further, we find that maybe the RNC is correct. As we learned in class, research states that children should spend 85% of their time at a reading level that they can comfortably read on their own and 15% of the time at a level where they need assistance. Children should not spend any time reading at a level that frustrates them. The common core standards are saying that we need to give our students more difficult material to work through so that we can close the gap between what they know leaving high school and what they need to be college or career ready. Many of our students, however, will find themselves reading at a level that frustrates them the majority of the time. This clearly goes against what the current research says.
In conclusion, it is unclear if the common core standards are going to be implemented successfully and result in student success. What is clear is that there are strong opinions on both side of the coin regarding CCSS.