Spoken Word: My Philosophy on Common Core

My Philosophy on Common Core, You See ….. is there’s diversity in people’s mentality; Just because we are different doesn’t mean we can’t make a difference together and impact our current reality. We all have the same promise and potential at the “core” of our being, but we allow ourselves to be blinded by what others are not seeing.

When we can move forward as a human race and accept that we have one mind, one conscious, and one heart in “common” desiring to be globally connected, this will conquer our past fears. Then, we will be able to advance together with unlimited possibility for our futures created by the courage to love and to love with humility. For example, if someone thinks differently, they should not be looked down upon by their community. Everyone should empathize and realize that each person has a prize that lies in between their eyes. So if citizens are given a fair chance to think independently, then leaders will be able to work with them interdependently solving society’s problems in unity. See, being different makes a difference and being the same ignores unclaimed fame. So if we want to be globally competitive then we need to have a new collaborative attitude in order to put the status quo to shame.

As for education, I believe Common Core supports empirical lessons that propel all teachers and students to learn. Not judging a book by its cover, but binding revolutionary ideas together and encouraging historical pages to turn. No prejudice, just productivity because it’s unconstitutional to take away someone’s liberty. The law of liberty represents the creative freedom that got us this far as a nation. So if we make some exceptions to the rigid classroom rules in order for everyone to pursue happiness and intelligence, then this will help raise participation and make learning relevant.

Common Core, also, seems to support that there’s no right or wrong way of solving problems. It acknowledges that strengths and weaknesses do exist. Yet, collaboration will take everyone individually to a higher realm of learning without perceiving each other as weak or strong but a part of a whole or a route to a destination. This experience and way of delivering content will determine the journey that the student desires and aspires to take, eliminating some of the traditional instruction that most students hate.

Furthermore, if the path to an answer was not what the teacher requested, the student should not be viewed as wrong, less brilliant, not coachable, or graded as unacceptable. We have to make sure as coaches that lessons are flexible and students have some autonomy over what they desire to learn. So the result of this “unconventional lesson” is that the student’s learning preference influences the “teacher’s instructional concerns” which will guarantee that students will behave just because they know their teacher will lead the next generation towards the pathway of success that they’ve helped to pave. This type of achievement, as well as, collaboration can not be done without allowing students to choose and demonstrate the best practices that they’ve learned in the coaching process. Allowing the student to communicate and initiate learning is a part of their academic success, not to mention, it takes away from the teacher’s lesson planning stress.

So I’ve learned that there’s no “one way street” to compete during the learning process and if you judge the learners as being wrong then they will be eager to cheat. Therefore, I believe the solution is for teachers to begin with guidelines and structure, but they should provide options or pathways for the student to redefine, discover, innovate, and manipulate new guidelines and structure to the lesson; that’s performance assessments at its best – allowing students to create innovative learning outcomes! I define this journey of scholarship as the Great Compromise or the Great Improvise of a 21st century teacher.

In closing, my philosophy is that when you break the words, Common Core down you’ll see, “common” reflects community and “core” is individuality. The core is the center of our individual uniqueness. The application of our unique learning abilities will impact our community with a flourishing economy. So let’s support Common Core because of the unknown possibilities. I know it’s hard to believe and see since we live in such a divided society. Leaving the traditional education system behind, along with its social and racial entitlement is a radical change to make. However, our new education reform is worth the risk to take because its rewards are embracing diversity, innovation, technology, even spirituality and our dreams as our new reality. Establishing a universal law of educational standards and not judging nonconformity helps us all to become whole because what makes us different has its similarities through the law of duality which means “everything has a complementary opposite within the whole”. So striving for emotional balance and harmonizing our thoughts is connecting to the “core of self” and in turn builds a society that promotes “common wealth”. That’s my philosophy on Common Core, you see? I hope you were able to visualize my thoughts with me!

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