Letter: A student’s perspective

February 25, 2014 

As a current high school junior, I have experienced school both with and without Common Core. Common Core, contrary to what many people think, does little more than ask students to think critically and analyze their work. It is silly of parents to say that Common Core is hurting their children. It is simply asking more and is intended to expand our horizons, make us think in new ways, and make us more well-rounded and educated as a whole.

As an AP student, Common Core is another name for simply not just finding an answer as a means to a good grade, but actually being engaged in our education. Critical thinking is a necessary life skill young people in my generation sadly lack. Whether it be analyzing a concert performance for orchestra to find things to improve on or expanding on how America’s economy caused the Great Depression, Common Core does nothing but benefit us.

Common Core makes students do something they have so grievously forgotten how to do: think.

EMMA PHELPS, Meridian

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