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Common Core: What's Hidden Behind the Language

nomad5 Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 7:16 PM
Like most of what we deal with today, we are still fighting the battles of the 1960s in education. The two sets of partisans need to accept this, and to understand that before we can "make progress" in much of any direction the bad blood and acrimony that has built up over the past 45 years or so is going to have to be bled off. The best thing we could do today is to agree that we have to (a) keep the lights on and (b) pay our bills, and otherwise stop trying to make "great moves forward". Of course, we won't learn this, and will keep fighting and trying to "win", not having the wisdom to realize that while there can't be two winners there can most certainly be (and IS) two losers.

Conservatives are in an uproar over Common Core, an educational curriculum being forced upon the states by the Obama administration, which is scheduled to be mostly implemented this year in the 46 states that have adopted it. Common Core eliminates local control over K-12 curriculum in math and English, instead imposing a one-size-fits-all, top-down curriculum that will also apply to private schools and homeschoolers.

Superficially, it sounds good. It creates universal standards that supposedly educate all children for college. But along with the universal standards come a myriad of problems, which the administrators of Common Core are disingenuously denying....