Re "Common Core stumps parents, children alike" (Page A1, June 30): The federal government's attempt to ease the educational ills of our society by implementing the Common Core standards is a misguided approach that will eventually do more harm than good. The concept of developing critical higher-level thinking is commendable. The problem lies with the premise of 'common', or 'for all'. The philosophy that all children can reach the same, high level of competency is flawed, even offensive.
Not all children have the same potential ceiling for learning. We should absolutely strive to develop every student's academic proficiency, but to advocate that all will be able to master such rigor is like saying that every player on a youth baseball team should be an all-star.
Let us not ignore, nor disrespect lower-level students. They are real too, and deserve a curriculum that appropriately develops their skills, and provides a realistic path for success.
-- Mel Cuckovich Sr., Sacramento