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Common Core: A Long Process?

By: Margaret Li

 

To this day, many people have mixed ideas of what the new standard guidelines, a set of goals outlining what a student should know by the end of each grade, of Common Core include. Common Core has been sweeping the nation and has been new to everyone.  In a survey of 100 students from my school, William Hopkins Junior High, only 9% like Common Core.

Determined to learn more about the general perception towards Common Core, my classmates and I asked the principals for their thoughts:

 

“I think it’s excellent. It’s going to help our students with their critical thinking and collaborative skills, which will be used in workplaces.” said Mary Miller, principal of Hopkins.

 

“Common Core includes skills that will help kids in all classes in the 21st century. All kids & adults should learn these skills.” Corey Brown, Vice Principal.

 

Although the principals believe Common Core to be a positive change in our education system, some students feel otherwise. Some, such as 8th grade student Pearl Feng, think that it takes too long, “They teach too long of a process when you can just go straight to the point”. Others such as Arisha Kassam, 8th grade student, think the opposite, “It’s a pain but they take things step-by-step by explaining, which is helpful.” Whether Common Core helps with various skills, or if the program still needs to be reworked is uncertain, but every individual has their own point of view towards the subject.

-Margaret Li

About Timothy Lee

Timothy Lee is a senior at Monta Vista High School. He moved back to the States in 2012 after living in Beijing, China for two years, and currently lives in Cupertino, California. This cross-culture experience has enabled him to encounter a vast variety of environments in which part of his writings are based on. He is also currently an officer in HEARTS, a nonprofit organization, and a VP at Silicon Valley DECA. He also has a passion in web design, computer science, badminton, and writing.

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