The Common Core is a national standard in education to make, the nation as a whole, equal when it comes to education and learning. One of the articles we wrote a few months ago was about the need for national standards. While national standards are necessary, the implementation of them so far has not helped the fight. As of recent, Common Core has been paused in New York.
While there has been much fighting between Common Core advocates and those that disagree with it, that had just been talk, until now. Common Core was under fire so much that it was put to a stop in New York.
One of the most important factors leading to this decision was the teachers’ vote. Common Core advocates were not only hoping, but in the need of help from the teachers. That is not what they got. The NYSUT or the New York State Union of Teachers had a vote on whether to support Common Core or not. The NYSUT represents over 600,000 professionals, so the Union’s decision holds a lot of weight. The vote was to not support Common Core. This proved to be a big blow to Common Core advocates. They needed this support to make the program work.
The teachers do believe however that national standards are necessary, they just don’t like Common Core. They feel that there are too many problems with it and it doesn’t focus on the right aspects of what a student should learn in school. For example, high school students that excel at math aren’t pushed to the hard courses like Calculus. They don’t get the challenge necessary as an excelling student in Common Core.
Also, another reason why it was stopped was from its failing results. The one Common Core initiated test that has been given to students so far showed horrible results. The students failed miserably. Does that show that the students failed or Common Core failed? Common Core is said to push young students to work too hard and that because of this the children are not getting the necessary free time to develop.
Not only that, none of the students were prepared for the new way of testing that Common Core implements. These students were expected to do well on a new style of testing they had never seen before while teachers are given five years to fully implement it into their classrooms. How is that fair?
The overall impact of the NYSUT voting against Common Core is not that it was the main factor to the pause in New York. Looking at the bigger picture, the overall impact is that now other teacher unions from other states will most likely vote against Common Core because they don’t need to take the first step. It has already been taken. With this future in place for Common Core, it doesn’t look good for its success. Maybe this will be a wake up call to make a better curriculum that has the influence from the people that actually teach the children, the teachers.