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.

Newel Standley