The state of education in the United States is in sore need of improvement. Not only is the U.S. lagging in education globally, but the quality of education varies from state to state and even between different communities.
“The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt.”
While the Common Core Standards are designed as a ‘one size fits all’ approach to education, the reality of the situation is much more complicated. English language learners, special needs students, and low-income communities will still be underserved, and these children will remain in danger of being left behind.
Another pitfall of the Common Core is its reliance on standardized testing, which is a problem in and of itself. Allegations have been made that standardized tests have a racial bias and to top it off, the majority of people don’t believe the tests are an accurate measure of academic achievement.
Educators also have a bone to pick with the Common Core, as the prescribed lesson plans severely limit the choices of how, what, and when teachers need to approach different learning objectives. In addition to changes in institutional settings, homeschoolers might have to adjust their teaching methodologies as well in order to achieve an accredited diploma.
As legislators continue to control the funding and implementation of education from state to state, expect more controversies ahead. Despite repeated opposition, the Common Core Standards have been adopted in almost every state and territory controlled by the United States and the debate will undoubtedly continue as education and social mobility continue to be a major factor in United States Politics.