Common Core Standards Are Improving The Future Of America

Common Core Standards Are Improving The Future Of America

You probably don't even realize what Common Core is accomplishing because you're too busy complaining about it.

You probably hear this phrase and groan. You think of the fact that elementary math is changing in methods of multiplication or sentence mapping is completely dumb, because you learned it differently, and you turned out okay.

NEWS FLASH: "You" do not represent the entire demographic of students across the United States.

Do you know what Common Core is? Probably not.

Common Core is a way to level the playing field across America in order to make education equal regardless of school district income, or region in which you live. Especially in the sense that kids across America are competing for scholarships and admission to colleges, it is important that we have equal opportunities.

A school district in an inner city, where standardized test scores will determine whether or not they are a credited public school on a year to year basis obviously has less opportunities or advantages than school in a suburb that often attracts higher income families that produce more tax revenue for that school. Why should a kid born in a low income part of America automatically be less entitled to a quality education than a suburban student? Hint- they should not.

Common Core Standards have been implemented in many countries around the world, including France, one of the most successful examples. Unlike what most people think, it does not bring the bar of what students should be leaning to the "lowest common denominator" and it does not barre children from learning more than what the standard is set at, or what the class average is.

The problem with these misconceptions is that sometimes, this does occur. But Common Core is going to take time, perhaps even a generation to fully be effective as it was intended to. Until we see a crop of students go from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade with only Common Core Standards, we will not be able to truly assess and fix problems.

Does that make it a poor institution, it so bad that we should throw it away? To that I say, good things take time. We cannot expect to fix the problems we see in education throughout the course of even 4-5 school years. That's unrealistic.

But let me guess, your parent, cousin, sibling, grandma, aunt/uncle is a teacher, and they think Common Core is a waste of time, and ruins the way they have learned how to teach when they were in college.

Common Core is going to require several steps, and several versions of itself to be perfected. Teachers are constantly working with state and federal governments to help improve this system. Is any teacher perfect, and has all the answers? No, of course not, and obviously not on a 50 state basis. People complain that these standards tell teachers what to teach. This is also false. Common Core tells teachers what needs to be covered in a school year. The way teachers go about doing this is up to them, and their own school board.

Some school boards may be handling the Common Core poorly, and ineffectively, thereby deeming this institution worthless, but that is not the fault of the program, it is the fault of the school district.

Open your mind to the endless possibilities of what Common Core Standards can do for students in this nation. Work towards making things better, not remaining stagnant, or complacent. The future of our country lies within our students, it's time we start setting this future up for success.

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I'm Sick Of Politics Taking Over The Entertainment Industry

Leave the political analysis to the reporters.

People watch the news to learn about current events and form political opinions, then they watch talk shows and other forms of entertainment to relax and enjoy the program. Mixing these two worlds is, quite frankly, annoying. I understand that there are shows such as "The Today Show," and "The View" which I enjoy very much.

These programs flirt with the lines of mixing current events and entertainment. However, what I don't want is to turn on Jimmy Kimmel and feel like I'm watching CNN.

With our country being as polarized as it has been, we should not be making it worse by having politics shoved down our throats every time we try to watch a current show or movie. This is especially true since Hollywood is overwhelmingly liberal. Even in the cable news cycles, there are options; for each political ideology for late-night television and even modern sitcom, there is only one ideology and that is LIBERAL LEFT.

This is not to say that one side is better or worse than the other, however, if the entertainment industry is attempting to take on politics too, then shouldn't there be some sort of ideological diversity?

In times of political and social hostility, some people enjoy a safe haven away from politics. It would be nice to get away from the partisan news cycles for a few hours and watch a movie, or binge your favorite sitcom, however, with Hollywood's agenda that is simply not possible anymore.

I don't understand the push for having a political undertone in everything that is aired recently. It is not relevant and it is making our country more hostile towards one and other because not only are viewers getting upset over conflicting opinions on sensitive topics but, we are also being forced to hear about it at every point of the day. The average person should be able to choose if they want to watch the news or entertainment television.

I am the type of person who watches the news daily. I enjoy knowing what is going on, however, even I need a break every now and then. The entertainment industry should stick to entertaining and leave the political analysis to the reporters.

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10 Ridiculous Quotes From Politicians

10 silly things politicians have said.

I’m sure we have all watched the news or read an article, especially in the last couple of years, where we were shocked about what someone has said. The first thing that comes to my mind are the several crazy things said by President Trump. Anyone remember him talking about how sexy his daughter is and that he’d sleep with her if she wasn’t his daughter? I do! There are plenty of other crazy things politicians have said over the years. Let’s check them out!

1.) “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”-Then Senator Joe Biden on then Senator Barak Obama when first running for president

2.) “We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.”-former White House Press Secretary Dana Perini

3.) “I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.”-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

4.) “These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by griefparrazies. I have never seen people enjoying their husband’s death so much.”-Conservative pundit Ann Coulter, on 9/11 widows who were critical of the Bush administration

5.) “When the President does it, that means it’s not illegal.”-Richard Nixon, in a 1977 interview with David Frost

6.) “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”-2012 tweet by President Donald Trump

7.) “A lot of people who go into prison straight-and when they come out, they’re gay.”-Ben Carson

8.) “Outside of the killings, DC has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.”-former mayor of Washington, D.C. Marion Barry, 1989

9.) “By integrating women into particularly military institutes, it cripples the readiness of our defense.”-Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell, 1995

10.) “I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape.”-Idaho Senator Chuck Winder, 2012

Sometimes it’s funny to hear about the ridiculous things politicians say. However, pay close attention to exactly what they are talking about because they may be more than just stupid words. Words have meaning and the people who say them could have a huge effect on what can happen afterwards. Politician or not, you should always be careful when speaking. You could offend someone, say something you don’t mean, or cause a chain reaction that could lead to some unwanted consequences.

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