The Common Core initiative was implemented in the U.S. for K-12 students
and outlines what they should know and understand after completing each
grade. The initiative focuses on English language and math skills and
aims to create consistent standards across the country and ensure that
students who graduate high school are adequately prepared to take college courses.
The Common Core only outlines what skills and knowledge students should
have; it is up to each state to develop curricula that would help students.
Experts agree that the standards require a higher level of understanding
than the systems that were in place in many states. As a result, some
states will have to improve their standards to be aligned with the common
core. While the Common Core has been widely accepted, some states have
own education standards rather than those proposed by the federal government.
Christopher Lien, Tutor Doctor Franchise owner, had this to say about the
difficulties some states are having with the implementation of the Common
Core Standard: “Misinformation or misunderstanding of the nature
and objectives of Common Core have sometimes resulted in parents’
fear, cynicism, and skepticism. Homework can initially appear foreign
from the parents’ prior experience, and some conclude they’re
unable to assist their children with homework. A closer look and steady
patience can help parents perceive the critical thinking aspect of the
lesson, and eventually fears and unfamiliarity can subside. At the same
time, the implementation of Common Core has increased the opportunity
for tutors and supplemental education providers to assist students and
families in succeeding with their studies,” he said.
Many elements of the Common Core have contributed to the improvement of
the way in which students are educated. One of these is taking into consideration
the learning styles of students so that the teacher is able to present
information in a way that appeals to every learning style and is more
Lien shares a story about his own child and how the Common Core has helped
her to excel: “One of my daughters is a visual learner and was initially
having difficulties understanding numbers. Multiplication and division
didn’t come naturally for her. When presented with different visual
methods of solving a multiplication problem, she rapidly increased in
number sense skill and eventually became better able to solve problems
without needing visual representations. The visual methods included grids
of dots and rows and matrices of squares. Once she had rows or groups
of ten squares, she could group them together to solve two-digit or three-digit
If your school or state is in the process of implementing Common Core,
the best thing to do is to educate yourself. Schools and states have websites
and information to help families with the transition. Be sure to ask your
teacher where you can go to learn more about the new curriculums and what
Common Core will mean for your children.
If your children are struggling with the transition, consider a private
one-to-one tutor. Here the tutor will work with your family, the teacher and your child
to find the missing skills and building blocks in their foundation. Teaching
the skills will help your child to be an independent learner for life.