“Kids make their mark in life by doing what they can do, not what they can’t… School is important, but life is more important. Being happy is using your skills productively, no matter what they are.”
~ Howard Gardner
Learning is about discovering your purpose and passion in life. Schools should provide diverse academic pathways and vocational opportunities for students to explore and unleash their specialized skills and abilities…not standardize them.
It is far more important that all students are free to learn in school and well educated, than subjecting them to continuous testing to determine if they have been educated well.
Testing and training students to sort and compare how well they meet common standards does not ensure student "readiness" or prepare them for the diverse social, emotional, and vocational challenges of uncommon careers.
“The second concern is justifying the Common Core on the highly dubious notion that college and career skills are the same. On its face, the idea is absurd. After all, do chefs, policemen, welders, hotel managers, professional baseball players and health technicians all require college skills for their careers?