My problem with Common Core Standards is they miss the point of education.
Preparation for life, not just a job or college, is the real purpose of education.
I am a retired public school teacher. For part of my career I taught physics in high school, and there were a few students that continued in that direction. But I felt the main purpose of what I taught was to teach physics in such a way that those who never took another class in the subject would be able to make better decisions by applying the things they learned.
Some of the best things I saw happen at my school were the plays, musicals and orchestra performances. Common Core seems to forget that part of life — where we enjoy the arts. In the plays, musicals and orchestra the students learned to follow direction and work under pressure. That was an excellent preparation for real life.
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