The Common Core debate has turned into such a heated and aggressive topic that it is sometimes regarded as a taboo family dinner topic; right up there next to politics and religion. Having worked closely with the common core for years in my grade level, I feel that the heart of the fervent debate is fear of change, loss of control, and misunderstanding with misinterpretation. The purpose of the common core was to create a national standard so that all children had the opportunity to reach the same goals to participate in college and higher education across any state in the country. Parents, teachers, administrators, and politicians often lose sight of the purpose and fear the change and teachers feel like they are being told how to teach. Teachers still have control over their classroom as the common core does not dictate areas such as behavior management, classroom environment, differentiation for all your learners, etc. There are areas where a teacher can still allow his/her creativity, ingenuity, and passion to shine through. The common core definitely has room for improvement, but the purpose is hopeful.