As we have seen in recent years, teachers fear more and more that their students are not receiving the proper education to excel in college and later in a promising career. The Common Core State Standards have implemented English and mathematical techniques that leave students with no real critical thinking or creative skills, but instead, a generic understanding of material.
And now, Charles Sykes’ book “Fail U.: The False Promise of Higher Education” has established some frightening proof of a failing education system that is present not only in elementary and secondary education, but also in college curriculum. Sykes states in his book, “The modern curriculum… enables students to study just about anything, without necessarily learning much at all.”
A high school English teacher recently wrote of her issues with Common Core, giving seven examples of ways in which the program is inadequate. D’Lee Pollock-Moore claims in her blog that Common Core no longer teaches students specific literary genres or fundamental skills, such as résumé writing. The same sentiments are echoed by Derek Bok, former president of Harvard, who admitted that “[t]oo many graduates leave school with the coveted and expensive credential “without being able to write well enough to satisfy employers…”
Sadly, this downfall in the education system has been developing for quite sometime. A 1989 survey sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities discovered the following data about college seniors:
“25 percent could not distinguish between the thoughts of Karl Marx and the United States Constitution…, 58 percent did not know Shakespeare wrote “The Tempest,” and 42 percent could not place the Civil War in the correct half-century.”
The survey also found that most seniors could not identify the Magna Carta, they were “clearly unfamiliar” with “Pride and Prejudice,” and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail.”
This survey data was collected over twenty five years ago, long before the implementation of Common Core. Imagine what these numbers might look like today.
Perhaps the scariest part of it all is that there are no plans to put a stop to the current educational standards in place. In fact, The Gates Foundation, who have almost single-handedly financed the implementation of Common Core, claims they are just getting started. Corporations are leading in the advocacy, as well, encouraging the program to continue. Click here to see a list of companies who have financially supported and/or directly advocated for the implementation of Common Core.