I commend Rep. Jim Bird, R-West Jordan, for sponsoring HJR8, Joint Resolution on the Benefits of Adopting Common Core Standards. I am a retired secondary language arts and social studies teacher and have studied the Utah Core Standards and am impressed with them.
They embody what I have always felt was important to teach and develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, not just in English class, but in all subject areas. These standards are well-sequenced for developing analytical and interpretative competencies and applying them to real-world problems.
College and career readiness are educational goals that are in the title of several bills before the current Legislature. College readiness, particularly, needs to be measured by national standards, since that will determine college admission.