Common Core’s Importance
Some make the mistake of looking at Common Core as a compliance hurdle rather than an opportunity to make it easier for educators to teach cognitive and social skills relevant to today’s kids – our future leaders. Even before the Common Core initiative existed, some schools were already aligned with Common Core curricula that focused on two main things:
1) College and career readiness as the primary goal of the school
2) Conceptual understanding is as important if not more important than fact based content knowledge. High-order thinking and communication skills will get students further in life than only memorizing facts.
Common Core is a following not a setting driving kids to be high-level thinkers ready to succeed in their careers.