There is a reason that people have learned reading, writing and
arithmetic in generally the same way over the years, and that’s because
the tried-and-true traditional methods work. That’s why many people
wondered what the real agenda of the Common Core national standards were
when the Obama administration started pushing for it so relentlessly.
This ridiculous set of educational standards has left many students and
parents baffled and frustrated, and it’s believed to be a key reason
that American kids are lagging behind other nations in academic
performance. What would happen if we got rid of it entirely? If the
results gained by one Florida school are any indication, we would likely
all be much better off.
Mason Classical Academy, a charter school
in Naples, Florida, prides itself on providing a classical education,
which it believes brings about “superior educational results” – and
leading the county in English Language Arts is proof they’re on the
right track. They have rejected the backward approach of Common Core,
which sees kids memorize entire words in kindergarten before later being
introduced to phonics once they are in elementary school. By that
point, their brains are already used to whole words, which makes
grasping the concept of phonics and applying it far more difficult than
it needs to be.