Every time I hear someone tell me they think the Common Core State Standards are a good thing, they spout off the usual talking points about it making students college and career ready, higher expectations, and  aligning standards across states so that there is consistency in education. So why am I against them?

#2- When I come across things like this, it scares me.

Six Sigma is a manufacturing standard that has no place in the public school system. If you have never heard about it, check out Wikipedia.

Some highlights:

“Six Sigma seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes.[5]”

“Manufacturing and business processes have characteristics that can be measured, analyzed, controlled and improved.”

I have had experience with the Six Sigma process in manufacturing and am not a fan. With Six Sigma, the public school system is being aligned with business and manufacturing strategies that are rigid and do not allow for variation. It seeks to measure, analyze, control, and improve. This leads me to believe that there will be more emphasis on standardized testing to accomplish these goals.

Our children are not products that should be measured, analyzed, controlled, and improved. They are individuals that all develop in their own way and with their own unique abilities. They need to be taught and nurtured to fulfill their potential.