The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


May 2, 2014

Letter: Common Core standards provide peace of mind

ENID, Okla. — While I was a sergeant in the armed forces, my family moved every few years from state to state. Most recently, when we moved from Missouri to Oklahoma, the school transition was especially difficult for my kids since the expectations in their new and old classrooms differed like night and day.

The dramatic differences in education standards between states sometimes result in military students repeating materials they already know. This produces boredom in the classroom, which is a root cause of dropouts and behavioral issues. Even worse, this disconnect in standards can result in students missing out on key concepts altogether. Some students will fall behind and never catch up. Such a gap in education policy has been a disservice to our kids, creating chaos in their classroom experiences.

The consistency of using Common Core state standards throughout the country provides peace of mind to both parents and students in the military because we know students will receive comparable educations no matter where we are stationed. No longer will our children’s education consist of a patchwork of standards, but instead they will receive a quality educational foundation that will prepare them for life after high school.

Oklahoma was right to adopt these standards in 2010, and I am disheartened by the attempts to repeal them. I hope the needs of military families for comparable educational standards throughout the country will be considered as this debate continues.

Shane Cockrell


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