What is the “Common Core” Curriculum?

What is the “Common Core” Curriculum?

by Amy Dginguerian.

La Canada, CA is one city that has recently adopted the Common Core Curriculum.
With so many kids wanting to attend College after High School, State Education Chiefs and Governors came together to create a set of clear college-and career ready standards for K-12th grade in English language arts/literacy and math. These standards are said to be designed to ensure that students graduating from High School are prepared to take either take credit bearing courses in a two-or four year college or to enter the workforce.

Is this all true? Well, who knows at this point. This is a new theory and it certainly has its opponents who say that it will actually lower our children’s exposure to Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II as well as any of the higher -level math courses. It has also been said that this new “Core’ program decreases the capacity for analytical thinking and weakens the base of literary and cultural knowledge.

What are we to do as parents? Some of you have already lived through “No Child Left Behind” and “Race to the Top.” So it seems that this is our latest challenge.

I’m not sure what choices we have before us. A lot of us work either full time or part time and we rely heavily on our school system to make sure our kids are being taught everything that they need to become knowledgeable and active members of society and the workplace.
I think at the end of they day, we have no choice but to step in as parents and give our children what they need to grow and flourish. If our schools take out the classics from literature, then we need to bring them back in the home. Whatever may now be missing from their education needs to be replaced.We have to do all we can to help our kids succeed in life. I’m not sure if “Common Core” or any other school measuring incentives will ever go away and if they do, they most certainly will be replaced by something else. It’s up to us to make up those differences, to fill any gaps that we can see need filling.

I know that a lot of people will disagree with this, but I stopped and wondered what other choices are there? Private School? Home School? Those are both great options, but those aren’t going to be options that fit within everyone’s lifestyle or schedule. I would love to hear more opinions on this hotly debated topic. And wherever you are with these new issues, I wish you all the success and patience in the world!

Kim Suwa


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Kim has an incomparable ability to solve problems and is meticulous about maintaining perfection. Should you ever have a question about anything, please let her know.

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Anne Trear brings a passion for real estate and commitment to her clients to Beverly & Co, teaming up with Amy Weber as a buyer’s agent. She focuses on creatively finding solutions for her clients, embracing the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with a wide range of people, all while helping them make one of the most important decisions of their lives; she feels fortunate to get to be a part of such a monumental moment. She thrives in the exciting, fast-paced environment of real estate, where everyday is engaging and different.

Anne’s experience as a bartender and trail guide at an equestrian center have given her the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life, each bringing their own passions, emotions, and personalities to the table. She leverages this insight in her real estate career, always seeking to fully understand her clients–their desires, dreams, and needs—so she can best serve them. Enthusiastic, and motivated, Anne values honesty and integrity; her work ethic and hustle speak to her dedication to making sure her clients are completely taken care of every step of the way.

When she’s not serving her clients, she spends her time volunteering at The Union Rescue Mission and exploring her community.

Amy Weber


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Amy Weber brings Beverly & Co. a wealth of real estate experience and a keen competitive drive. After finding success investing in properties herself, Amy gained extensive knowledge of the industry before becoming an agent. She is an accredited home stager, broker associate and E-Pro Real Estate Agent as well as a Certified Real Estate specialist (CRS), a Buyer’s Real Estate Specialist (BRS), a Senior Real Estate pro (SRES) and Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist (CPRES).

A former actress, talent agency owner and veteran of the WWE, Amy is no stranger to the rigors of competition. She is a tireless champion for her clients and understands the importance of standing out in a crowded field. To help attract potential buyers to her properties, Amy calls upon her highly skilled network of photographers and drone video operators, who work to put each home in its best light. Amy has received numerous acknowledgements from past clients praising her polished performance and talent for closing deals.

In her free time, Amy loves cooking, reading, volunteering with the ASPCA and spending time with her twins, Madison and Levi.

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