by Nanda Krish
Common Core: Today’s Benefits, Tomorrow’s Improvements
The idea behind the Common Core State Standards originated in the 1990s, but it was only in the past decade that the initiative gained real traction, with the standards being conceptualized, developed, released, and adopted by the majority of states between 2007-2011. With the adoptions came a significant amount of pushback by educators and legislators, resulting in controversy and stigma around the new standards. Observers both inside and outside of academic fields, as well as parents of students, offered a wide range of opinions. Critics have turned this into a political issue while supporters have been vocal about the standards’ benefits. The truth is that Common Core is not perfect, but it does create a level of consistency across education. In addition, it is a malleable framework that can evolve in order to address any flaws or weaknesses.