Back on June 3, 2010, North Carolina became one of the very first adopters of the Common Core. At that time, it was already revising its current standards and saw the Core as a great replacement in addition to its possibilities as they strove to win some of the Race to the Top grant money. Though debate does rage on, North Carolina is keeping its focus on fixing the Core rather than throwing it out due to opponent propaganda.
The Correction Panel
Since the Core has slowly been welcomed into the state of North Carolina, many teachers and principals found certain aspects lacking. Though strict opponents argue it to be federal overreach, those actually involved with the process have expressed a much more varied concern. While they find many of the goals to be worthwhile, the biggest issue was that there has been too little time to implement the standard adjustments, especially with so few resources of teachers available.
Beyond this, many don’t feel their students have had enough time to officially adapt or catch up, depending on the different learning levels. This makes sense when taken with the fact that the standards are more challenging. Suddenly, a child that never truly grasped geometry is being asked to already know more advanced geometric concepts. To the teachers, it was an good educational shift but one that came far too quickly.
Common Core Alterations
In 2014, it was decided that a committee would overlook the core, recognizing that overreaction has led to many botched adoptions in other states. This committee would take about two to three years and go over the entirety of the list of standards. While opponents argue this committee should end with a vote to either keep or withdraw the standards, more level-minded individuals ask only that the committee keep or delete standards they see as being important for the students of North Carolina.
In addition, many want the committee to also take on the role of standardizing everything. Including coming up with specific content to match the standards, testing recommendations and ongoing reviews, this would give the team the power they need to make the Core adhere to North Carolina needs and not the other way around.
Though the Common Core debate will no doubt rage onward until the next big educational reform is introduced, North Carolina is managing to keep both sides of the debate happy through mediating a take on it that both can agree with. After so much time and effort has been spent in the classrooms trying to prepare everyone, it was found that there just wasn’t enough time. Because of this, the teachers have been given an extension while the state is taking revisions into its own hands as a way of making the best of a situation that can’t please everyone.