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Is Common Core good in theory, not practice?


It is now 5:12 a.m., and I have just read today’s editorial “Replanting the Stem” regarding the Common Core educational standards (“Our View,” Oct. 30).

As a parent, I see Common Core as I see most things:

Good in theory, bad in practice.

On one recent evening, I asked my daughter if she had any homework that was due the next day.

She said no, but she did have a test.

I asked her if she started studying for it yet.

I was surprised by her answer.

She told me that she usually doesn’t study for tests.

I found her reply interesting because my daughter, currently in the ninth grade, has been an A student for years.

I replied that she must have a good memory since, when I was in school, I had friends like that.

She tole me that her memory was not responsible for her good grades.

That is when the conversation got interesting.

I asked her if she did not study for test and her memory was not responsible for her good grades, what was responsible for it.

She told me she thinks it is because she is good at guessing the answers on tests.

Something is wrong when test results are the deciding factor for school funding, school rankings and teacher evaluations.

What about the children?

It scares me that my daughter is apparently only learning how to take tests and not much about the basics including reading, writing, etc.

People call me old fashioned and out of touch because I am not a fan of today’s technology.

Maybe they are correct in their assessment of me.

Maybe I’m upset over nothing. After all, my daughter looks good on paper.

John DeFranco


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