A Better Region 8: Common Core the right path for education?

A Better Region 8: Common Core the right path for education?

Recently, Region 8 News did a story called Common Core: Homework Headaches. The story focused on parents finding it hard to help their kids with homework because Common Core presents things in a very different way than the way a lot of us were taught.

As a part of the story, our producers created and posted a quiz for viewers based on Common Core. The results were shocking! Out of 6,000 viewers who took the test, 70% failed.

So that tells me two things. In Region 8, we have educational opportunities that include a major university and schools full of hard working students, dedicated teachers and involved parents. We also have industries that employ smart people. And using our test as a gauge, a large majority can't pass our Common Core test. This makes helping with your child's homework a real challenge.

Common Core could take parents out of their kids' education process because it isn't the way they learned in school.

One of the points of Common Core is to measure all students in the same way. The problem with that is children are different. My 22-year-old son is creative and funny. My 17-year-old daughter is social and into acting and singing. My 15-year-old son is destined to be an engineer. All are smart in their own way but are very different in the way they learn.

Changing the entire way we educate our kids and measuring everyone with the same cookie-cutter approach could exclude students on both ends of the spectrum. We do need to improve education in America, but I think Common Core could be the wrong track.

I would like to know your thoughts whether you agree with me or not. Email me at abetterregion8@kait8.com. Making sure that we're not forcing our kids into a mold and taking steps to make sure parents can stay involved in their kids' education will make this A Better Region 8.

- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager

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