Wednesday letters: Common Core will aid students

January 8, 2014 

— The children of our public schools deserve the best education they can get. Our state Department of Education has prepared some of the best standards in the country. But ours need to be equal to all states. We need to follow the Common Core state standards, as our children need to compete with children from all states.

We would like to think our Highway Patrol, police, prisons, health departments, social services and vocational rehabilitation are meeting or surpassing national standards. That is, we try to match common core standards. So why can’t we do this in education? We need to improve our teacher preparation colleges and teachers’ professional development.

Poverty affects education, but build better standards, increase preschool opportunities and watch our children grow intellectually. With companies such as Boeing, BMW and Michelin, we need bright graduates, not just cheap ones.

Alexander B. Noe

Columbia

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