Essay about The Common Core State Standards

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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are probably the biggest thing to hit public education in the United States in recent years (Neuman & Roskos, 2013). Common Core has left one group largely in the dark; parents (Neuman & Roskos, 2013). Only forty-five percent of public school parents had heard of Common Core (Obrien, 2014). This is only hearing about it, and does not include understanding what it is. Since parents do not understand Common Core, they have a lot of misunderstandings. They also feel that Common Core is creating frustration for their child. Since parents do not understand Common Core., they have a negative view on the matter. It is important to clarify parents misunderstanding, because they should support the use of these standards in their school (Van Tassek- Baska, 2015). Parents have the understanding that Common Core does not allow the teacher to choose how teach. In fact, the standards are aligned with the kind of constructivist teaching and learning (Brooks & Dietz, 2013). Constructivist teaching focuses on critical thinking, and creates motivated and independent learners. The standards do not say how the teacher should go about doing this. The teacher can decide on their own how they want to focus on critical thinking, motivate learners, and how to create independent learners (Brooks & Dietz, 2013). Teachers are key players, and their voices must be involved so it’s not done for them, but with them (Brooks & Dietz, 2013). If teachers want to decide…

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