'The First Picture of My Daughter I Ever Hated'

Kelly Poynter, writing for the Education Action Group:

My daughter is incredibly strong. My daughter is a 4-year cancer survivor. She is a fighter with a resilient spirit. It crushes me to see her cry; to see her struggle. My daughter deserves a happy childhood. The problems with Common Core are many, but the main one is that, as Poynter mentions, it robs children of their childhood. Young children in particular are not developmentally capable nor should they be expected to slave over academics in the misguided pursuit of "getting ahead". There are so many more practical skills children could be learning on their own via play than mindlessly completing worksheet after worksheet of rote memory tasks (e.g., learning the alphabet). In fact, children are more likely to better acquire these skills on their own terms during their own play time. While it can certainly be argued that initiatives such as Common Core are designed in the best interest of children's long-term future (i.e., lawmakers' hearts are in the right place), the likelier truth is that such standardization programs exist only to keep the cash faucet flowing. In other words, more money for administrators, the aforementioned lawmakers, and other educational pencil-pushers.