To Core or Not to Common Core: That is the Question

There has been a HUGE debate about Common Core. This debate has been extremely heated. Before we go into the nitty gritty of the debate. Let's start with some definitions. Here is an excerpt from the site:

"The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live. Forty-three states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the Common Core."

This seems pretty straight forward. You should be proficient in math and English by the time you finish high school. The reason these standards are so important is because so many of our schools are failing students. Many graduate high school functionally illiterate. I believe most of us want and expect standards for our kids.

However, is it the responsibility of the federal government to mandate and many times force local schools into these standards. My answer may not be popular but YES! If we continue at local levels to produce uneducated kids that cannot contribute to society, then our society will be weaker. I don't care how great our constitution is (which it is), if our workforce is so dumb, the republic will fail. Common Core is a matter of self preservation.

Do I want local schools to have some control over the content and not have incredibly dumb math questions that no one understands? Sure. But the point is, schools are failing, maybe, just maybe, it is time for a federal standard.