July 17, 2013

Common Core

Here is a quote liked by Albert Einstein that appropriately fits Common Core:

"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." (Sign hanging in Einstein's office at Princeton)

We feel good when we can measure something, but we lose site of the fact that all good things cannot be measured. Common Core needs to find the balance. There is a reason why China encourages its students to spend some time in our colleges  We are the innovators and creators of the world. Excelling in creativity and collaboration is not an accident. It is related to encouraging the arts, sports, debate and other "non-core" activities. We have a problem measuring the results from these activities so we are putting less emphasis on them.

The exception to this is inter scholastic sports where way too much money and publicity is dedicated to it when intramural sports could create the same outcome.

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