Examining the Common Core

The Common Core is basically the ideas that all states have the same standard on education. For instance, if the student moves from California to Oregon, the student will not feel behind and will continue to learn the same concepts. Some people believe that we should continue to use the Common Core, and that the Common Core is helpful for the United States. Those people believe that the Common Core creates high standards, and also can make great influences on all the students. From the debate we watched in class, one person mentioned about Bill Gates saying that the new generation has low quality, and it is hard to hire them. Additionally, the person said that what skills the students need to have is the main focus of the Common Core. On the other hand, some people believe that the Common Core has such a negative impact on our society. From this perspective, those people believe that the Common Core will not increase students’ scores, and will not help them improve as well. “There is no evidence that imposing a uniform education system on the country will, in itself, result in a more educated citizenry” (TEP Student Action, 2016). However, I believe that the Common Core should not be the standard for education in the United States.

I believe that the Common Core should not be the standard for education in the United States is because of the states. In order to be the standard, all states need to be on the same page. As you may know, there are few states that have not adopted the Common Core, such as Texas, Alaska, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and few other states (Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2016). Another reason that provides the same insight is the standards. The Common Core has such a high standard, and those standards will not do any good for students. I believe teaching is a work of heart, and that it involves professionalism. Students are different and unique. We should not use the same standards for all the students, and every student learn differently.

Let’s take first grade for example, “reasoning about attributes of, and composing and decomposing geometric shapes” (Oregon Department of Education, 1998-2016). We can see how high the standard is from the Common Core, and people expect the first grader to do reasoning. While I was in high school, I was a cadet teacher. I have worked with preschoolers up to fifth graders. Even fifth graders have problem with reasoning, and some even struggle a lot. Another resource is the Smarter Balanced Test. From the example we did in class, the tenth grade English, the test contains a lot of techniques. I will say that it is more challenging than SAT, and I do not think it really reflect the knowledge of the students. Unfortunately, I was trying to do grade three math, but it did not work for some reasons. I tried it in multiple locations, such as WOU library, writing center, and my house. I will keep trying because I am really curious about how the test is going to look like.

Finally, the Common Core should not be the standard for education in the United States. It does not help the students in any ways, and that it is not helpful. The experiences I had from high school helped me see that each child is unique, and educators should maintain professionalism for all their students.

Professionalism

While I was in high school, I was involved with Cadet Teaching and Preschool Practicum. Those were the first time I experienced in the environment of classrooms as an educator, and it was such an amazing experience. I began to realize what teachers have to go through, and how hard teachers have to work. I truly believe teaching involves professionalism, which relates to hard work. Additionally, teaching is a work of heart, and you are responsible for the children in the classrooms.

Things can really be different if you know you are doing a job that you are really passionate about (Illinois Education Association, 2015). That is what we need as educators. Educators need to be passionate about their jobs, and care about their children in the classroom. Furthermore, you have to be willing to spend extra time in order to meet the needs of your children. For instance, when I was working in second grade, I was designing a bulletin board. I realized that I really did not have much time to work on the bulletin board when the children are still in school. I would have to spend time after school in order to finish the bulletin board. I feel like it is one of the important characteristics as educators that you are willing to spend extra time for the work you have to do or for your children. In addition, teachers can totally control their environment in the classroom. Take my experience for example, the second grade teacher I worked with when I was in high school, she did an awesome job for her classroom environment. She had time that she could get student excited, and she had time that could get student to be in silent. For instance, she would say eyes up, and students would reply listen up. After that, the students would wait for her instructions with silence. I feel like that the example truly showed professionalism, because the teaching technique the teacher used gain respect from all the students.

Finally, educators really need to put effort into their job, and it is not easy to maintain professionalism. It really need to come from the bottom of your heart and to be passionate about teaching. The experiences I had from high school helped me see that the field of education truly involves professionalism.