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The Threat of Common Core: Confusing the True Purpose of Education

June 4, 2014 by Hailey Vrdolyak

Many critics of the Common Core State Standards Initiative have raised issues about federalism regarding the adoption and implementation of the standards. While these are indeed important points, another grave aspect to consider about the standards is that they completely alter the fundamental purpose of education.

The true aim of education is to create free persons, capable of governing themselves and independent from any large entity, enabling them to pursue their own, individual goals for the sake of the common good. Education is a type of liberation that equips individuals with the proper tools to be able to discern their own future rather than have it dictated to them.

Antithetical to the true purpose of education, the Common Core State Standards Initiative simply prepares students to enter college of the workforce. The curriculum merely teaches “skills” that will supposedly help students in the workforce, rather than truly educate them.

Unlike the Common Core standards, an authentic education is more than simply an acquisition of skills for a particular type of task; rather, it provides the student with the ability to think for himself and discover who he is as an individual in the world. With this knowledge, students will be able to apply their learning to daily life by continuously raising challenging questions and learning from the world around them rather than just learning for the purpose of a job or a test.

The Common Core carries with it the underlying assumption that every child is destined to enter some form of college, whether it be community college or university, and eventually enter the workforce. However, this notion reveals how these standards have truly obliterated the true purpose of education.

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