The lessons the Common Core teaches our students about achieving success in school, work, and life are misleading, and the empty rhetoric about college and career readiness is misguided.
The Common Core evaluates student competency and proficiency in regards to a very narrow and shallow set of learning standards.
This test-centric and data-driven approach to learning is more about repeatedly measuring student skills than actually cultivating them.
While competent and proficient workers are often retained and maintained by employers, it is imaginative and courageous risk-takers who will advance and succeed by creating their own opportunities to learn and lead.
“Now today, I’m going to give you the six rules of success. But before I start, I just wanted to say these are my rules. I think that they can apply to anyone, but that is for you to decide, because not everyone is the same. There are some people that just like to kick back and coast through life and others want to be very intense and want to be number one and want to be successful. And that’s like me…”
~ Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Six Rules for Success” University of Southern California, May 15, 2009