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Editorial: Educational Progress Must Go On

The New York State Board of Regents intends to push back the Common Core standards due to growing concerns about its implementation. This action will slow down necessary education reform. 

According to a Watertown Daily Times editorial, the New York Board of Regents plans to give public schools an additional five years to implement the Common Core standards:

The growing opposition to the Common Core program has resulted in the Board of Regents recently granting public schools throughout the state an additional five years to fully implement the standards. While students may soon start being exposed to some aspects of the initiative, those in the Class of 2022 will be the first who will have to pass tests based on the new standards; the initial group of students selected for this was the Class of 2017.

This was a huge mistake on the part of the Board of Regents. Members of the Class of 2022 won’t graduate for another eight years.

So the seven classes before them will continue to be moved through a system that has shown itself not to be very effective. Why should we not insist on all students being educated according to standards that will better prepare them for college and the workforce?

The editorial goes on to discuss why the Common Core standards must continue in American education:

But just as ignoring the problems with Common Core is no answer, neither is putting a stop to educational progress. To develop a nationally recognized set of education standards that all our children should achieve is a sound concept. Now we have to work together to identify how to help students meet the goal of living up to those standards, which will give them a real boost for their futures.

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