Common Core State Standards are set up so that students are prepared for success. These guidelines were created by teachers to allow them to develop critical-thinking, problem solving and analytical skills. There are universal, clear and consistent in letting individuals know what is needed to be known in math and English from kindergarten all the way to twelfth grade. I spoke with a personal mentor who is a dentist Pittsburgh and who had to receive the higher education to get where he was today. He informed me of his beginning and said he came from a hard working mother and father who never exceeded a 5th grade formal education path. The Common Core Standards provide important tools to encourage parental involvement and allows teachers to measure student progress during the school year. These standard are beneficial because they allow all learning to take place on a level playing field, ensuring that all children are prepared for the world. Forty-three states have adopted these standards and utilize them. States who have not yet joined this effort are at a disadvantage because they have no direction within their educational system. Without standards in place, states are creating discrepancy and grey areas as to what a child is supposed to be and needing to learn in order to be successful. “The standards are designed to build upon the most advanced current thinking about preparing all students for success in college and their careers” (CCSSO 2010). Not utilizing these standards will created more students unprepared for college level or entry level careers. This in turn will create more poverty within states because of the inability to find jobs because of the lack of knowledge and preparedness.
In my current profession, following guidelines and standards in order to provide optimal care and learning experiences for children, not only promotes physical growth, but cognitive, emotional and developmental as well. Without them in place there would be horrible liabilities that child care centers faced on a daily basis, some even life threatening that would not allow them to remain operable or in business. Lack of standards would create safety issues and delay children’s overall progress in academics and life. Seeing how important standards are in this setting, allows one to appreciate the fact that they carry on to the next level of education as well. As both a future educator and a parent, knowing there are procedures in place to ensure that children are getting the tools needed to be successful in life, is one less potential issue to worry about.
I feel these standards are a great influence on America’s schools. It will give teachers further insight into what is expected of them and be an informative piece for parents as to what their children are expected to be learning. Once in the traditional classroom setting, I plan on challenging my students daily by encouraging them to come up with their own ideas/questions and then talk through it with their peers and come up with the answer. This promotes community within the classroom, encouraging students to work together and interact and also allows them to think outside the box promoting critical thinking skills. I will make sure that whenever assignments are given or even when learning new topics, what is expected of them will be made clear. Providing this information allows me to hold myself and the students accountable in making sure they receive the proper information in order to successfully complete the assignment.
Without standards, the education system will be missing that structured element needed in order to promote the betterment of society today. Having them allows students to be prepared for varied walks of life, ensuring the bright future of tomorrow.
- Common Core State Standards Initiative. “About the Standards.” ©2015
- Common Core State Standards Initiative: Frequently Asked Questions (NGAC & CCSSO, 2012)
- CCSS Myths vs. Facts (CCSSO, 2010)