Change is inevitable. But let's hope the changes coming to North Carolina schools aren't too drastic.
The General Assembly and Governor are moving ahead with plans to repeal the Common Core educational standard for the state and replace it with a new one.
The legislation passed will let the State Board of Education come up with a new standard for educating our children.
The common core practice has not been around a long time, but it's received a failing grade in the eyes of many lawmakers. No change will take place right away. An advisory board will study alternatives. I think that's a good thing.
The danger here is letting politicians continually change the way we're educating children based on who controls the government at the time. I sure hope this advisory board can rise above any political pressure and make wise, and long lasting, decisions for our children.
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Emailed comments from viewers:
you for your segment on Common Core. I am an educator and grandmother of
3 grandchildren in the public schools. I witnessed firsthand some of the
Common Core curriculum materials that came home with my 3rd grade grandson
(they were living with us). All I can say is that he suffered this
year, especially with the math. My husband and I, too, struggled at times
with the homework. It was NOT clear and NOT easy to understand.
Both of us are college grads. He was able to pass the English/literature
portion of the end-of-year test. He failed the math, but I was told
that most of the school did too. Can't be sure about it though.
Wouldn't it be interesting to see how our local schools actually did on the 2
tests. . .they have the results because the children have all received their
Since some of our state leadership actually bought into and fully supported the Common Core for the first 2 years of CC, I am wary of them picking and choosing to retain "parts" of the Common Core standards.
In case you're interested, there is a movie about CC produced by Glenn Beck called "We Will Not Conform". It was shown last Tuesday night and will be shown again this coming Tuesday evening at 7:30 at Mayfaire cinemas. Tickets have to be ordered online and are $18. I already have my ticket. Perhaps I'll see you there.