People are different. From our every day experiences to our learning styles, we don’t all process information in the same way. What works for some students and some children, doesn’t work for others. It’s easy for everyone to account for differences in “how” we learn – but what about “what” we learn? Millennials already know what the future holds – Twitter, text messages, selfies, blogs, vine, and Youtube are just the beginning. We are embarking on a profound future highlighted by self-expression and individuality.
Common core standards and the underlying idea that all students all over America should be taught the exact same information are a step backward. What makes us unique is what makes us interesting. Our individual ideas, backgrounds, and contributions are a byproduct of diversity. Common core seeks conformity – it is a one-size fits all approach to education. It takes parents out of the equation. It treats children like robots and assumes that all we need are the right “inputs” to prosper.
To make matters worse – it won’t even improve overall educational outcomes. There are few things The Brookings Institution and The Heritage Foundation agree on, but they do here. After a comprehensive study, Brookings determined that common core will have “little to no effect on student achievement.” Similarly, Heritage has noted that the failure to account for difference and the one-size-fits-all approach will decrease local control and ultimately hurt learning outcomes.
We need government to be local, limited, and effective. Common core (and the federal funding used to coerce states into its implementation) is yet another example of the short-sighted push towards centralization and governmental control and its proponents are using American children as their guinea pigs. Our children deserve better.