Last month A Better Region 8 focused on a news story we did on Common Core. We asked you for your opinion and you had a lot to say.
Roz Hill said: "The manager looks old enough to recall that education has ALWAYS tested the entire class with the same tests." And she went on to say: "Check out education standards from the 30's and 40's. Then you will see how pathetically kids are educated today. Parents should educate themselves, rather than admitting that they wound up poorly educated, and therefore want their kids to have the same inadequacy."
Roz, I am old enough to remember it and you've got a good point there.
Debbie Spencer wrote: "One of the main purposes for the Common Core is to show students several different ways to solve problems. They can then choose to use the method that makes the most sense to them. This is definitely not a "cookie cutter" way of teaching."
These are just a few of the many responses we got and whether you agreed with me or not, getting the discussion going is good. Piggott Elementary School recently held a special program for parents to help them learn Common Core math. Educators, why don't we have more of that? If you want parents to accept Common Core, then there needs to be more education for parents. And parents, since Common Core is in your child's classroom, we have to try and learn it.
If for no other reason so we can help our kids and stay involved in their lives. The hard truth of the matter is whether it's the right way to go or not, Common Core is here and educators and parents working together will make this a A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager