When the Fourth of the July weekend turns to Monday, parents across Mississippi will slowly begin to turn their attention to the middle of August and the beginning of another school year.
Part of that will entail building a base for children to achieve as much as possible in the school and grade they are in.
That base these days is Common Core.
Certainly you have heard of Common Core. It has been demonized by everyone from Fox News to Fannie Flaggs.
It’s government overreach at a level we haven’t seen in the history of our country, critics say.
It’s a Communist plot to take over our country, Glen Beck has said.
For the record, The Mississippi Business Journal does not believe the 1969 moon landing was faked.
We do not believe, as cool as it would be, that Big Foot, Sasquatch and Yeti are real.
We do not believe the lost city of gold, El Dorado, ever existed.
And, we do not believe Common Core is government overreach that will stunt our educational growth.
What it is, is a way to teach our children on par with how children are being taught in Massachusetts, Washington and Louisiana. It’s a way to know how our children stack up against children from other parts of the country.
Is it fair to criticize and question how it is being implemented?
Everything we do every day should be questioned, challenged and re-evaluated. That is part of any good process.
However, we should be prepared to be a part of the process if we aren’t happy with the status quo.
By the way, the status quo in Mississippi the last hundred years or so has been that our educational system has ranked last or near last in America.
Therefore, Common Core is a challenge to our status quo.
Having said that, Common Core isn’t the only way to gauge how our kids are doing against other state’s kids. It’s just way we have decided to do it right now.
This isn’t necessarily forever. But, it is what we have chosen right now. If this doesn’t work, we will choose something else.
No matter what, using a Common Core system in an attempt to have a better educational system is preferred over Mississippi being ranked 50th in education.
From a business perspective, it is a must. Not one single potential company that inquires about Mississippi as a landing spot fails to ask about the educational opportunities for its workers in doing its own homework about our state.
We must do better.
Common Core is an answer, not a conspiracy.
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