Argumentative Essay On Common Core

analytical Essay
1112 words
1112 words

Common core is not a new method. America has set standards since at least the 1950’s and many schools have since then implemented a curriculum supporting this ideal. These standards in language arts and mathematics are supposed to help the nation prepare students for college and their future careers. The effects of common core, both positive and negative, lead to the debate on whether or not it should still be implemented in schools today, but thanks to federal funding it has made it hard to get rid of the program. It is because of this that the governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal has decided to sue the federal government for violating the 10th amendment. Although many can agree that having standardized goals gives both the students and staff …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Argues that common core is a good way to unite the nation and set goals for each student, but schools should all have the same budget to spend on whatever programs would be most beneficial to their students.
  • Explains that common core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and english language arts/literacy.
  • Argues that the standardized system is the latest attempt to strip away the state's rights.
  • Concludes that the common core program violates the 10th amendment and leaves states at a disadvantage for developing their educational plans.

These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade Anya Kamenetz author of "Tough Week for the Common Core" writes that “[t]he Common Core [is] not, strictly speaking, national standards. They were developed independently of the federal government, and states are not under a mandate to adopt them,” but then goes on to say that the “standards received a big boost in the form of funding incentives from the Obama administration” (1). These “big boost[s]” are what concerns many like Bobby Jindal. “A few years ago, Jindal was one of the Common Core 's biggest proponents. But he has since had a change of heart” (3). Bobby Jindal, along with many other opposers, question what would happen if state who had implemented common core in their schools suddenly dropped the plan? Anya Kamenetz furthers her article by stating that the three states who have already done this “now face spending tens of millions of dollars to create new standards, adopt new materials to go with them and retrain teachers” (1). Some might say that this decrease in funding is expected because the federal government had agreed to fund a specific program and although schools don 't have to use that program, those who don 't have to find the funding for their programs themselves. But how is this …show more content…

According to Cheryl K. Chumley’s article titled “Gov. Bobby Jindal to sue Obama administration on Common Core,” the suit was filed over the “alleged manipulation of grant money to force states to accept Common Core as their school standards” and is “accusing the White House of manipulating the regulatory process to compel states to take the much-disputed educational program”(2). Those against the core use this sense of pressure as proof that the federal government is going against the tenth amendment. The Tenth Amendment is used to further define the balance of power between the federal government and the states, it says that the federal government has only those powers specifically granted by the Constitution. James Bailey, author of “Common Core Curriculum Violates Federal Laws and Undermines 10th Amendment to Constitution,” further explains what these powers consists of, he writes that “[t]he General Education Provisions Act, the Department of Education Organization Act, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), ban the Department of Education from directing, supervising, or controlling elementary and secondary school curriculum, programs of instruction, and instructional materials” (4). Individuals who are pro common core argue that the program is not an exact

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