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The State of Public Education - Is Common Core Good or Bad?

by Attorney Carlos Gamino on 08/24/14

Common Core from a Lawyer's Perspective - Carlos Gamino

Wisconsin lawyer Carlos Gamiño is, first and foremost, a father. He keeps tabs on Wisconsin’s educational system and watches what’s going on at the national level – and all of the recent controversy about Common Core has been dominating headlines for the last several months.

Common Core. Chances are, even if you’re not a parent, you’ve heard of it. It’s the new way to educate kids, and it’s got everyone worked up into a frenzy. It’s an extremely political issue, too, with some people (both on the left and on the right) appearing to go off the deep end over it.

But what is it, really?

What is Common Core?

Common Core standards are supposed to put children in every state at the same level of education. States are then supposed to give the same standardized tests so that they can fulfill the requirements of No Child Left Behind, which is a federal law.

Some educators and parents aren’t so keen on the idea, though.

“I do feel they strive to make our curriculum more rigorous. However, I also feel that for younger students, they may not be developmentally appropriate. As an educator, I strive to produce well-rounded students, and often we neglect to teach the social and emotional aspects of becoming a successful adult,” says a Florida educator who specializes in helping children maximize their reading potential.

Parents aren’t sure about the standards or the methods of testing (you can take a sample Common Core practice test to see whether you think it’s a good idea).

Common Core: Is it the Law?

The state of Wisconsin has adopted the Common Core State Standards in math and English, and they’re currently participating in a project to develop Common Core-compliant science programs. Common Core tests will be used in the 2014-2015 school year.

Homeschooled children don’t have to be taught Common Core, but it stands to reason that ACT and SAT tests will adapt to the standard; that may leave some kids unprepared when it’s time to start college admissions testing.

What do you think of Common Core in Wisconsin? Let me know – I’m always interested in public opinion.

Carlos A. Gamiño

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