Re: Common Core
Just to put it into perspective. My birth country has rather hard national exams to graduate and also for university entrance. The latter one has been the subject of folklore since my days there. The questions are STUPID difficult especially math and science.
Questions and answers are posted after exams on the ministry's website. I always show those to DD2 and as good as she is in math and science she acknowledged they're basically sophomore level US college or harder.
Back there graduating with a 70% average from college was good, and I don't remember anyone > 80%. In high school, 80% to 85% was fairly hard, 90%.. impossible. I know one guy who did it, then law school, now a top EU policymaker. Grades are not candy. Nor do they matter much.
Here we chase grades like we chase perfection, mutual fund returns, or bra size.
Why is it that most of my compatriots came here for graduate school in places like MIT, U Michigan, Georgia Tech, and the like, all PhDs and department heads or better at various schools across America all tell me.
It's too easy to get a PhD in America. (Heck I got one too, wife too).
We need tiered standards and serious vocational education like in Europe. You don't need a 4.5 GPA weighted to feel successful.
Teachers in America are villified. In the rest of the world, they're respected professionals in par with engineers or physicians.
Why you need common core? Because without some standards schools will simply teach the minimum, and if they have oodles of cash then outcome is good, else, screwed.
Last edited by john117; 01-24-2017 at 09:04 PM.