Letter: Custom Common Core

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  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    June 19, 2014 3:06 p.m.

    The Utah state core was put in place many, many years ago....about the time that Lynn Stoddard retired from education.

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    June 19, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    This controversy is a mostly driven by misinformation. The Feds asked the States to develop standards that would be applied across the nation with the goal of raising student standing when compared with other Nations. Governors of the States (including many Republicans i.e. Jeb Bush) formed committees and formulated the Common Core. That done the Federal government took the standards and asked that the States all adopt them which they did. Then the far right decided that this was a case of the Feds trying to shove standards down our throats topping it off with the new title: The Commie Core. In point of fact, the Russians are about the only ones behind us in academic achievement.

    Now Lynn wants the Governor to make Utah take a "leadership position" to end Federal overreach. Lynn needs to look at the abysmal results produced here and realize that the only leadership position we need to take is in raising the bar for students here by instituting the same standards our competitors do and letting the districts fill in the "how to" part of the equation.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    June 19, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    To "The Real Maverick" the "Utah State Core" is just Common Core with a different name. The standards are the same, and will require the same testing.

    If Utah wants to pull ahead, lets do something totally novel. Lets stop wasting money on the multiple computer based testing that our kids have to take, and if you want to make sure they have mastered a subject, give them 1 test at the end of the year that will allow the kids to show proficiency.

    By dumping all of the CBT you will give teachers more time for teaching and to get to know the abilities of their students. Why should a teacher depend on a computer test to figure out that your child is not reading at grade level? Shouldn't the teacher know your child well enough to see that they are not reading at grade level? The same with math, can't teachers see when a student has capabilities above grade level?

    Why do teachers need a degree and all of their education if they rely on CBT to tell them what problems their students may have?

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 19, 2014 12:17 p.m.

    I wish I wasn't as cynical as I am on this subject, but to me, this has little to do with what is best for the student, and more so about an initiative that was driven my governors to create standard measures across states that has been hijacked as a states versus federal control over the classroom.

    Sadly what happened yesterday wreaks of positioning for a Presidential run more than a since quest to improve opportunities for students.

    Call me a cynic.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 19, 2014 9:59 a.m.

    Question. If you customize it... is it still "Common"?

    What's the whole advantage of being "common"? Isn't it that we are all learning the same stuff?

    If everybody customizes it, it seems like that defeats the purpose of having a "Common" curriculum for all schools.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 19, 2014 6:42 a.m.

    This letter all sounds good but without standards our students are not getting into the higher education programs that they need. A professor at the U told me that most of his students have to take the first year of college learning math and writing skills. They should have had these skills before entering college. He said that Utah students are many times unprepared for entry into institutions of higher learning. This is even more pronounced when they go out of state. Common Core produces standards that are met to keep students on track. Though not perfect, they give a standard that is expected.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 19, 2014 4:43 a.m.

    We already have this.

    It's called the, "Utah State Core."

    Honest question, do people really think we've gone this long without any set standards or evaluations?

    Then again, I can't blame anyone for not knowing this. No one ever actually speaks with those in the trenches every single day. They continue to do a marvelous job while everyone around them exploits education for their own political gain.