Beth Bowen
for MI State Representative

Issues: Public Education

Position Statements

Michigan Education and Common Core Standards

Common Core Curriculum Standards and Local Control

I support both.

The common core curriculum is a set of forward-looking and forward-planning methods for teaching students in the 21st century.

Local control of school districts ensures that each school is tailored to the specific needs and strengths of the students, parents, faculty, and neighborhood.

Common core gives school districts access to the latest research on teaching methods and technology. They provide guidelines drawn from the current status of colleges, universities, and the job market. These guidelines prepare students to take on the newest challenges and experience success.

We do not train doctors the same way we did in the 1950s.
We do not train engineers the same way we did in the 1970s.

Why should we teach our K-12 students the same way we did in the 1890s? Why use sliderules when we have calculators? Why use a chalk board when we have laptops? Why teach math, science, and writing in isolation when students can use math to solve science problems and write up their findings?

This is what common core strives to give our students. The latest and best ideas in education.

Sometimes new ways of teaching require money resources. Sometimes they simply require exposing our teachers to these new idea and methods for implementation in our classrooms.

With local control, schools can choose the best curriculum for their students to prepare them to be citizens of this century where new professions are created at an astonishing rate.

I support common core and local control of schools. They are not mutually exclusive. They are not in conflict.

For more resources about Common Core, please see this website.

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