The Common Core Cannot Be Built On Sand
The foundation of the Common Core must be built on teaching students how to learn.
You can design a core curriculum any way you want, but to succeed, students must first be taught how to learn. They need a foundation of solid learning strategies. Today’s students don’t have them.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA — December 24th’s PBS NewsHour featured a panel of experts discussing issues of the Common Core. The conversation was good as far as it went. But it missed an essential aspect—the foundation of any curriculum rests on the ability of students to study and learn.
UCLA Higher Education Research Institute shows that the great majority of high school students spend as little as one hour a day.
Moreover, the quality of that studying is amazingly poor. Students think learning is automatic, instantaneous. If they read a chapter once or listen to a presentation once in class, they think “that’s enough.” They just don’t “get it.” The idea of putting in the time studying never enters their mind. Why?
“High school students have little idea of what study entails, how to study, or the time study takes. Consequently, they enter college with disastrous results. According to the Education Trust, only 1 out of 3 graduates in four years. Most take 6 years or more,” says former college dean Robert R. Neuman, one of the nation’s leading experts in college readiness and author of Are you really ready for college? A College Dean’s 12 Secrets for Success—what high school students don’t know.
“Here’s the missing piece. You can design a core curriculum any way you want, but to succeed, students must first be taught how to learn. They need a foundation of solid learning strategies. Today’s students don’t have them,” according to Neuman.
Neuman stresses that teaching students how to learn takes a concerted effort by all involved: students, teachers, schools, and parents. Says Neuman, “How to learn should be taught in a separate course and reinforced at home. Then any core curriculum will have a durable, well-built foundation.”
To learn more and download free samples of learning strategies, go to www.GetCollegeSmart.com.
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