Re "Schools chief makes his pitch" (Our Region, Jan 11): I believe that the new Common Core curriculum will be beneficial to students as its English and math courses will apply to real-world issues, with the intentions of preparing students for 21st century jobs. Students will spend less time reading literature and more time analyzing nonfiction. Math lessons will teach students multiple ways to answer problems and apply skills to real-world situations. The goal of school is for people to receive the knowledge they need to enter the competitive workforce. Knowing the meaning of Shakespeares works isnt going to help anyone find a job. The Common Core curriculum helps students develop skills that will be remain useful and practical later on in their lives. Times are changing, and the education system needs to keep up.
-- Audrey Cheah, Sacramento