To the Editor:
Parents and students are concerned about the new Common Core standards, and rightly so. As I understand it, Common Core is a real-world approach to education that will raise expectations for high achievement.
For example, in math students will no longer mindlessly punch numbers into a calculator and wait for the answer. Now, real-world representative word problems will be posed to our youth. Problems similar to this:
Billy goes to school for many years and as an adult is rewarded with a good paying job. Billy does a good job and even takes on more and more responsibility. Billy works for 31 years.
One day, Billy is told to take a hike because his position has been eliminated because of money and the need to create “a lean central office with expectations of high achievement.” So, how many real-world lessons will it take for Billy (and the students answering this question) to see that education or high-achievement may never pay off if saving money in every situation becomes America’s top priority?