POSTED: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 6:37pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 12:16pm
(KETK) - Tyler Tx — Common Core critics are voicing strong opinions on the state standards initiative. Claiming it is getting rid of important material and not teaching the students important lessons and values. But, supporters of the initiative say it is much too early to judge.
The program has not been adopted here in the state of Texas and the School Initiative Vice Chair for the State Board of Education Marty Rowly says that is a good thing.
"I think our approach is much more beneficial and much more effective than common core," Rowly said.
Critics of Common Core are wondering how much of the program is actually for the students benefit. When it comes to math, critics say the program believes in a 'critical thinking' approach that allows students to still score points even if the answer is wrong.
Rowly said this is not the way it is done in Texas.
"We promote critical thinking," Rowly said. But we also believe that there are, particularly in the area of math, right answers and wrong answers."
Cathy Seeley is the Past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She says they promote more critical thinking because that is what will help them in the future.
"I think it's fair to say that there's a much stronger emphasis on critical thinking because that's what employers are saying they need," Seeley said.
Seeley also says it is extremely important for schools nation-wide to adopt a common program and it is too early to decide whether it is a good set of standards.
"It's much too early to judge the common core," Seeley said. "Other than to say it's a good enough framework and improvement can happen and with a lot of states using it, it means the likely hood of getting high quality materials and good tests goes up."