Michael Keefe: Agree and commit to a common core

December 20, 2013 

Education has long been a political punching bag for politicians. The recent comments on “Common Core” are no different.

America continues to fall further behind other nations in regards to standings in math, science and language. Finland, Japan and many other countries are united in their curriculum and have strong teacher programs that are supported by the majority of the country. Teachers are respected and amongst the highest professionals in their countries.

We on the other hand treat our system and its teachers far differently. Just look at N.C.’s recent legislative “reforms” to see we will not catch up with these countries anytime soon. This is not rocket science; we only have to agree on a common core and commit the resources to achieve it. Other nations do it; why not us?

Michael Keefe

Raleigh

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