Common Core Standards Looking For Common Ground

By Matt Rodewald

Published 09/19 2013 09:44PM

Updated 09/19 2013 10:28PM

ROCKFORD (WTVO) -- The idea of Common Core Standards has education leaders looking common ground.

"It's so important that great teaching and learning is all aimed at a consistent ending point for all of our students," says Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ehren Jarrett. "I think that's where common core can help us."

Yet, critics are quick to say the idea is nothing more than a "one-size-fits-all" classroom project.

"If you've been in education for any length of time, you know that no two children learn exactly the same way," says Marv Munyon, President of Wisconsin Capitol Watch. He spoke against the idea Thursday night in Rockton as part of a Tea Party event. "We need to not try to make everyone fit into the same mold."

"It doesn't matter in math if you have the right answer or not," says Munyon. "It's if you can explain how you arrived at the answer, it's okay to have a wrong answer."

"Kids don't learn the same way," says Lisa August, a parent of children at Walker Elementary School. "But I think it gives them a chance to show how they learn, individually."

Parents in Rockford seem to be open to new methods to teach their children.

"I feel that if you want a different result, you need to try something different," says Carlos Woodard, a parent. "I'm not opposed to it. But if it will help, hey, I'm all for it."

"I like the educational idea of 'right' and working to find the right answer," says parent Gina Meeks.

School districts across the country are looking for that right answer. In 45 states, Common Core seems to be the common solution.

"I don't think that standards mean students are learning at the same rate," Jarrett said. "To use a sports analogy I think it's important that we all have the same goal posts we're aiming for."

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