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Life’s Common Core (an essay from Time magazine you may have missed)

Common Core

Kristen van Ogtrop of Time magazine outlines the real Common Core our students should master in order to get a high school diploma. [Sept 29, 2014.]

She writes:

“I am proposing my own set of Common Core standards for teenagers. These will not help your children get into college, but they will help them become better people. And, none of them requires watching a video …

  1. Write a letter. An actual letter that does not begin with “Hey,” is handwritten and on real paper.
  2. Learn to cook a good meal that can feed an entire family.
  3. Hold down an unpleasant job that makes you hate your parents a bit because they won’t let you quit.
  4. Go somewhere for the weekend without your phone – just so you what it feels like to be in solitary confinement, or dying.
  5. Every time you get a new toy or gadget, give an old toy or gadget to someone who doesn’t get new things as often as you do.
  6. Take care of someone or something other than yourself. A pet does nicely here.
  7. Write a heartfelt thank-you note to someone over the age of 70. Even if they haven’t given you a present, find something to thank them for.
  8. Read a book for pleasure.
  9. Do something nice for a neighbor without expecting any credit for it.
  10. Don’t race to the top. If you want to aim for the top, good for you. But try to get there slowly, deliberately, without knocking everyone else out of the way. Or missing the beautiful view.”

Ms. van Ogtrop’s Common Core is spot-on.

But, lest I get left behind, I better get busy writing that letter and find a fresh way to bless my neighbor.

Care to join me?

Gary B Arnold



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