A total of 45 states, including New York, have adopted the Common Core Standards Initiative, which focus on the subjects of math and English language arts.
From the difficulty and rigor of the work to the effects it is having on both students and teachers, Common Core is huge topic of debate at the moment. With that in mind, we asked readers on our Facebook page what they like least about Common Core.
Here's a couple of the responses:
Eloise Pisano: As the wife of an elementary school teacher, I can only speak from our POV, but our lives have changed drastically since the Common Core has been applied. The overall joy of teaching has seemed to have left as their creativity and ability to teach to their students is no longer available. Learning is not cookie cutter, not every student learns the same way and the opportunity to explore different learning styles and to dedicate time to certain students has been taken away thanks to the Common Core.
Krista Baroncelli: I think it's disgusting that they changed the curriculum so quickly. I have a daughter in third grade who has NEVER struggled with school. NEVER gave me a problem doing homework. Now it's torture. She has never gotten below an 80 on a test now she's getting 65's. It's unfair. No two children learn the same, so why are we teaching them the same?
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