The Common Core proposals for implementation in schools to prepare students for what is needed in the workplace has become an area of controversy, Many believe it may actually impair students learning, particularly in the area of mathematics. In America math proficiency has been in a decline, a look at the economy and pseudo math the government uses confirms the decline. That being said should the government really have any say in education at all. Politicians with their false logic, inability to balance America's “checkbook”, and GDP calculations with ghost products included to show an increase when there is none?
Put some actual mathematicians, educators, and business managers in a room and let them decide what students need to learn to be productive in college and in the workplace. Make sure that politicians have no part in the decisions. Also make sure that you include lifelong learning skills that supersede productivity. The ability to learn is just as important if not more important than general knowledge. As to the common core standards, some aspects I have heard of are promising. The standard algorithms taught in math classes being one of them I do like the idea of student driven learning, by letting the students formulate their own algorithms. This is a very good problem solving skill. Instead of teaching students here is what you do and all of your exams will give you all of the information you need to plug into this generic formula. There is no understanding of material this is just memorization of a procedure and absolutely no way of solving problems when you aren't spoon fed all of the information. The standardized testing model makes great sheeple, but destroys the next Einstein, Plato, Hawking, or Michio Kaku. We definitely need new educational standards, but politicians are the absolute worst people to decide them. Politics runs off of showmanship, popularity contests, and doing bad math to make them look good. Bureaucratized education is like handing your children to Jeffery Dahmer to teach them about nutrition.
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