The newly implemented Common Core standards are not doing well. They have caused nothing but educational Armageddon in classrooms throughout the country and stressed out students, teachers, administrators and parents.
Why is there such a push for these standards to be so rapidly implemented? They should have been gradually phased in over a period of several years so as to cause minimum disruption in the education process in our schools.
Teachers are already overburdened with their normal teaching duties. Now they have this to worry about and stress them out. Students also are becoming stressed out from these new standards. A lot of them are dropping in their grades due to this.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan needs to review these standards and make some much-needed amendments to them now. It is important to raise the bar for education, but not in such a rapid way.
There needs to be input from teachers, principals and parents about this important and controversial issue now.