In a recent column, a gentleman indicated that the primary concern within the local government is education.
While Carroll County has dropped to third in education ratings in Maryland as measured by standardized state tests, the greater issue is the standardization itself. Common Core, passed in Maryland in June 2010, has developed standards for content areas that gauge where students' learning levels are and where they should be. According to the Maryland Board of Education website, "the objective provides teachers with very clear information about what specific learning should occur."
While graduation rates are the highest they have been in 40 years -- about 94 percent in the county and 75 percent nationally -- this could be due to our educational system generating students with fixed mindsets.
By limiting the choices of students at a very early age, we restrain their creative and cognitive processing to a minimum. Students are given an environment where they can either be ahead or behind. Instead, we should offer a greater number of solutions for students who are struggling or not given the same educational opportunities, and make sure originality is not being sacrificed for efficiency.