8th Grader: Common Core Is Confusing


I ran across this letter-to-the-editor in the Sidney Daily News in Ohio from a 13-year-old student named Jeffrey Nickels from St. Paris, OH.

I am writing to you about Common Core. I am 13 years old and I don’t know much about politics, but take it from an eighth-grader, Common Core is HARD. Think of it like this: You have five hamburgers, you eat two, How many pancakes can fit on a roof ? None, because aliens don’t wear hats. You may be wondering what the heck does that have to do with Common Core. Well, that was a representation of how I think Common Core is confusing.

So, I have been doing Common Core for a year and it doesn’t get any easier. I can’t speak for the rest of the kids my age, this is only my opinion on Common Core, that it shouldn’t be used in schools.

While school shouldn’t be necessarily “easy” the Common Core is so confusing and frustrating that you have junior high students writing their local newspaper’s editor.