Common Core is a good thing. Good enough, at least, that many states have independently chosen to adopt it. A Utah educator, I find the core to be broad and scientific in its approach to student learning. It uses phrases such as "illustrate and explain the calculation" and "analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic." It remains up to the districts and teachers to choose how to teach the standards.

Somehow Common Core has become extremely politicized, so people are acting against it before they understand it. This is not a new thing that the bureaucrats have suddenly taken over. Utah and other states are constantly revising core standards. For the most part it continues to be written by educators and driven by student needs.

Perhaps the problem is the name "Common Core." For some reason people are assigning "common" to be "federally mandated" or "socialistic." Or maybe people are confusing the student testing conundrum with the core curriculum. Either way, it's important to know the facts. You can read the standards for yourself. If there is truly something you dislike about the newest version of our core curriculum, chances are that you actually have a problem with the way your district has chosen to implement it — not Common Core itself.

Amber Lambson

West Valley City