Way back when I attended elementary school, my parents and I moved a lot, because my dad worked in the road and bridge construction industry.
Sometimes I would leave a school in March or April and attend a different school until June. I would then start school there in the fall and stay in that school until November. Then sometimes I would move back to the first school. I attended about seven schools in eight years. I was pretty much lost when I moved in regard to subjects like math because some schools moved through the lessons more quickly than other schools. Over the years I developed a total dislike for anything dealing with math.
So when I heard that a program called Common Core would set standards for each grade level, I thought that was pretty good deal – especially for parents who move a lot – like I did when I was young and like many military families do today.
If you’ve heard much about Common Core, it’s probably because some on the right side of the political aisle dislike it – it’s like they portray Common Core as the devil and children who are subjected to it will grow horns and have their intelligence zapped.
Search for Common Core in Google and you’ll get 267,000,000 results – pro, con, and those hoping to make a few bucks off it.
On Sunday I happened to catch a Billings Gazette Opinion about Common Core that pretty much tells it like it is. You can read it HERE.
One part of the Gazette piece that was particularly interesting to me was:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, not known for its leftist leanings, supports Common Core and has a website that provides myth-busting information. One item on the website is a video in which Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee, Jan Brewer and other prominent Republicans state their support for the Common Core standards.
You can check out the Chamber’s video HERE.
Montana’s Common Core standards were adopted 2011. Montana’s Office of Public Instruction (OPI) has a handy Myth vs. Fact page about Common Core that you can see HERE (just in case you receive some of those silly e-mails).
Here is OPI’s statement in regard to Common Core:
Montana’s English Language Arts and Mathematics standards ensure that our students graduate prepared for college and the workforce. The standards reflect the knowledge and skills that students need to be successful in the 21st century economy.
Is Common Core the greatest thing since sliced bread? No.
Is it a program from the left that will brainwash your children and make them lean to the progressive/liberal side of the aisle? No.
Will Common Core help your children be better prepared for college and life after high school? I think it will.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela
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