The Common Core State Standards Initiative was set up with specific goals for students to reach. But achievement is based only on students reaching the same point. This allows high-performing students to coast; it also doesn’t reward improvement. Judging students on a pass-fail basis overlooks the fact that students don’t start or end at the same place. Instead of focusing only on achieving top grades, we need a system that measures growth which would benefit all students. Measuring that would help students by ensuring that teachers are focused on meeting individual goals based on abilities.
Does conformity lead to success?
Let’s look at what are trending in schools. Uniforms have crept in over the last twenty years. Restrictions on hair, socks, etc. have been put in place.The qualities that make children unique are slowly deteriorating to make way for policies and procedures. Students are not defined by their test scores, shoe styles, or hair-do. Children should be unique thinkers.They should feel safe while being themselves.
Progress, not perfection
To improve education in the US, we need to move away all the rigid rules that box students and their abilities. A new mindset where improvement matters more than grades might just be what we need.
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