Common Core Tragedy

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Common Core: A Nationwide Tragedy Common core began in 2009 as a set of standards created to get every student in the country on the exact same level. Common core was largely written by two men who were hired by the Gates Foundation, these men had no experience in K-12 teaching. The federal government believes that common core will unite the educational systems of the states and bring the students of the nation to an educational knowledge peak. Common core is a good idea in theory, but the implementation has led to problematic issues, common core, as it is now, should be demolished.
Common core is a set of high-quality standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). The standards outline what each student should know and
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When a student is forced to learn the exact way as his/her peers, it will damage creativity and independence in the brain. According to the same member of Freedom Works, not all students learn at the same pace (Borowski). When a set of standards is forcing students to all learn the same the slower students are going to fall behind more because the teacher cannot slow down to give students the individual attention that they need to catch up. This is unfair to students because they do not get equal one on one teaching that the other kids get. Colombia University conducted a study that says that standardized tests score children on test performance on one certain day and they don’t take into consideration any external factors (Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing 1). These new standardized tests are causing children to develop test stress and anxiety. Almost 38% of children have developed this form of anxiety. If something has happened in a child’s life with their family or friends or even a change in environment it can hinder their performance on the tests. Students are tested on one single performance and the proctors don’t look at the child’s overall growth; it’s just a bunch of statistics that say that every single kid needs to be at the exact same level of knowledge at the end of the school year. These statistics do not take account of disabilities, anxiety, behavioral problems, etc. If a student does not do well on the standardized test, his/her confidence drops because they did not score as well as their peers. Common core is not a good form of education for children because of all the negative mental effects it

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