The Colorado Department of Education is planning to update all of the Model Content Standards, to which all school curriculum must align. Which of the following do you think the revised standards should focus?

Career or college readiness 36 votes


21st century tech skills 13 votes


Civic responsibility 9 votes


Basic reading, writing and math skills 119 votes


177 total votes


GlacierDragon 8 years, 7 months ago

I wanted an "all of the above" button. Though I agree there is a serious lack of the basics all over the United States right now. I am noticing spelling and grammar errors in news articles lately. The biggest issue is with the headlines. Often the problem is an issue with one word being plural and the other not. ("They is", "he are" for example.) I suspect it is just sloppy editing. Perhaps "pride in your work" should be something to emphasize, too.


grannyrett 8 years, 7 months ago

If you don't have the basics, nothing else will matter. Once you have that down, you can go anywhere with your education. All the technical advances mankind has made, started with the basics.


taxslave 8 years, 7 months ago

You're right on this one granny....if one doesn't read you become a sheep and depend on what others tell you....and we can all see where that has gotten us.

I've spoke with many of the kids that just started school, 1st grade to seniors...even in high school there are kids in their class that DO NOT SPEAK ENGLISH. This no child left behind has our children left in the dust. The class must continue as a whole and many are held back until all are speaking english and understand. The teachers are to test, test and test....test givers, test takers.

Why do we stand for this? I encourage all that can afford it to put your children into private school.

I also suggest you start teaching your children "Civics"....take them to the city council meetings regularly for an too will learn lots. Don't be too busy to take control of YOUR childrens education. The last thing they want your children to know is of the first classes dropped, right before physical education.


freeman 8 years, 7 months ago

if we the united states are 25th in math and 21st in science,stands to reason that the basic reading,writing,and math is first


DV8 8 years, 7 months ago

Amazing.... People want their children to be educated at schools!!!! If they follow through, several teachers and administrators will be upset by the expectation to do more than CSAP testing preparation.


jjcarver 8 years, 7 months ago

What is the right answer to this question? While all of the possibilities are important I feel the most important is the basic three. Reading, writing and and basic math. When I go into a store and the individual is a young adult (high school age) is at the cash register taking money for my purchases I am shocked to see that the individual cannot compute the right change without a calculator or cash register that tell them how much change to give. While you can get along with basic knowledge of the other three selections you cannot get along without an understanding of reading, writing and arithmatic. If you try you will get cheated every time you go to the store if the clerk is not entirely honest. With a basic understanding of the big three you can get along in most things you will be able to day. Of course if you go to school to become and engineer you will need a more than basic knowledge. Without the basics you cannot progress to the more advanced studies.


rexford 8 years, 7 months ago

Right on jj. Go in a store and buy an item for $8.52 and give them $10.00 and 2 cents and they look at you and want to know What's This? They will give you 2 cents back and let the register figure the rest and you end up with more pennys.


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