Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Failure Of Common Core


For hundreds of years memorization was not only the best way for children to learn basic math skills, but it was also the standard used around the world. Yet when academic theorists decided that introducing a convoluted method for problem-solving into the American school system would be a much better way of solving mathematical equations, the results have been less than stellar.

In fact in a new report out from the U.S. Department of Education on Dec. 15, American students now rank just 31st out of 35 developed nations in math proficiency.

The U.S. Department of Education has determined its latest ranking of international education systems (Program for International Student Assessment – “PISA”) and performance of U.S. students continues to deteriorate on both absolute and relative terms.

Children held hostage by Common Core.
Perhaps it’s time to have a real conversation about the complete failure of “Common Core” and the idiocy of allowing teachers’ unions to hold our children hostage while hiding behind ridiculous contracts that grant tenure after 6 months and make it impossible to fire underperformers. Just a thought for the Trump administration.

In math, the U.S. ranked 40th in the world and 31st out of the 35 developed countries that provided data.

The decline in math proficiency isn’t the only subject that many American students are deficient in when compared to their peers around the world. In fact, when it comes to literacy and reading comprehension, the U.S. ranks just 17th out of 38 developed nations. I know a guy who runs a car dealership who is barely functional in his reading and writing. He would say his education was good enough. The truth is, his education is good enough to earn money and cheat his customers, but not good enough to be a responsible, thinking citizen capable of casting an intelligent vote. He has passed his attitudes on to wife and kids...

Ah, but we're talking about Common Core and not about some cheating car salesman.

It is ironic that the individuals who demand states pass laws to force businesses to increase their minimum wages to $15 per hour are most often the same individuals who have the lowest literacy rates, and the lowest skill levels in being able to provide real value to businesses from their labor. In the end the root cause of America’s lack of literacy and problem-solving skills does not appear to reside primarily with these individuals themselves, but with the ‘experts’ who are supposed to be the most educated and who have used our children for decades as social experiments to the detriment of the entire future of the country.

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