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Common Core Argument Analysis

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In 2009, during Obama’s presidency, Common Core was introduced to the public. According to the Common Core State Standards Initiative, Common Core is “a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA)” created “to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live.” However, the controversy on Common Core arose as many opponents such as Diane Ravitch found faults in the Common Core standards in the design of the standard and its inability to perform what it is designed to do and the purpose of ststandardized testing. Will the students benefit from these standards or will these standards…show more content…
However, there are underlying issues for math and English standards. The Common Core math attempts to emphasize “... on breaking down numbers into their component parts so that kids better understand what it means to add, subtract, multiply and divide” and includes visuals to demonstrate math concepts (NPR). However, Common Core math actually overcomplicates simple arithmetic as it requires students to explain the process behind how they reach the answer. Another concern for Common Core math standards is that it will not be able to prepare students for college by the time they graduate high school. Despite how thoroughly planned out the teaching plans for math are, “the standards set a floor, not a ceiling. The Common Core sequence does not completely tackle algebra until high school, and the standards don't fully prepare students to take calculus even in college...” (NPR). The Common Core sequence spends too much time on the basics when the emphasis for understanding the kinks should be on more of the complicated topics such as calculus, which is needed before entry to college. For Common Core English standards, the readings are split by percentages between fiction and nonfiction/informational text in order to build strong vocabulary. The division is unreasonable as teachers should decide what is best for students. The standards for both subjects still need to be revised as these flaws are very apparent in the
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