Revised school standards are too new to judge

Theory behind the change is a sound one
Oct 31, 2013

The jury is still out on implementing three new R’s of teaching — rigor, relevance and relationships — but it is not too soon to recognize the benefits it can bring to classrooms.

These new teaching methods are  key components to promoting an in-depth understanding of a school subjects. The new “three R’s” curriculum is being implemented system-wide in every classroom and is part of the new core curriculum standards, which are a state-driven effort to provide a uniform education across the nation. North Carolina is one of 42 states that adopted the new standards.

Many people assume that a new “Rigor” curriculum is a way to impose more work on students, but in reality it’s about emphasizing a more in-depth study of subjects.

Of course, changing the curriculum comes with a period of adjustment — for both teachers and students — who are in the process of adapting to the new standards.

North Carolina has jumped on board to meet standards that will ensure all students are learning what they need to know at any given grade level, and 41 other states are in agreement. Some local teachers have expressed concern about such a fast-paced learning environment, but these changes have been looming on the minds of Haywood teachers for about eight years. If now is not the time to step it up, then when is?

It’s about time we had a system-wide curriculum sweep across the nation. A base level of education and a basis of learning for all students has many advantages in a mobile society where families move from state to state.

It might be a while before all classrooms are learning at the same pace, and it might take time for teachers to learn a new curriculum, but eventually all things will fall into place.

This may be a bold, intimidating step for Haywood County, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction — for the school system and for the country.