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New standards aim to meet challenges of changing world

Karen Kondrick did a great job in her May 22 My View column providing a rational, helpful and informative view of the Common Core state standards, both from her perspective as a mother and a teacher.

There has been such a smokescreen of misinformation and negative hype about the standards that it is difficult to see them for what they really are. As Kondrick points out, they are standards to help students prepare to succeed in the future, both in college and in the workplace. As she indicates, one of the unfortunate results of low standards in elementary and secondary education is that too many high school graduates need to take remedial courses in reading and math to succeed in college. Employers also report that high school graduates often lack the basic skills needed to function in the workplace.

Yes, the new standards are challenging – as they should be – and are very different from the standards in place when many of us were in school some years ago. Any parent or grandparent who tries to help a middle school student with math homework today can certainly attest to that. But with the world changing as rapidly as it is and with increased levels of education and competition from other countries, isn’t it logical that our educational standards and our education system also need to adapt and change?

Robert Poczik


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