In part one of this series, we examined what the DC Common Core standards are and looked at how they’re important, even at the preschool level. Any time an educational program is developed and implemented it creates change, and fear around that change, so naturally, there are critiques surrounding it. Because there is a lot of information surrounding the curriculum, we thought it would be beneficial to explore some of the myths about it.
At Community Education Research Group, we implement DC Common Core learning standards as a part of our early education and preschool learning programs. Find out the myths and learn the facts in today’s post!
DC Common Core Learning Standards: Separating the Myths From the Facts
DC Common Core standards have ushered in a higher level of education across the DC area, but there is always chatter and critiques of the program. Below, we will touch upon the common myths of the DC Common Core curriculum.
Myth #1: Standardizing each state is bringing down the success of high performing states.
The Common Core standards were designed to integrate into each state’s current curriculum and only build upon it. It takes the best research and evidence-based findings to prepare kids for their next educational step.
Myth #2: The standards only address one type of thinking and a certain set of skills — they don’t honor the multi-faceted child.
DC Common Core learning standards does honor the multi-faceted child and the different types of knowledge, including content and skills. Kids are learning the classics in literature, while learning critical thinking skills and how to extrapolate information through various disciplines, such as reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Mathematics focus on the foundations of addition and subtraction, division, multiplication, fractions, and decimals. Combine these skills, and the child is able to apply practical math to real world issues — being able to reason and think mathematically.
Myth #3: There were no teachers involved in the curriculum development.
Some think that no grassroots attempts were made to include teachers, but the truth of the matter is, teachers from across the country were involved in writing the standards to provide the leading and most transparent educational curriculum available.
Myth #4: The standards dictate what teachers can teach and don’t allow for creativity.
What’s beautiful about this curriculum is that it guides teachers in what needs to be covered, but in no way does it state how it has to be done, which allows for creativity amongst teachers.
The standards have been helpful to communities by making education consistent, allowing it to span the socioeconomic line. Using the Common Core standards does not lower the educational standards or bring down the success rate of higher performing schools, nor does it only focus on one set of learning and skills. The curriculum has only been advantageous to kids in preparing them for a successful transition into society and the global market.