For critics of Common Core, educational folly

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Posted: Monday, December 2, 2013 1:43 pm | Updated: 2:01 pm, Mon Dec 2, 2013.

WASHINGTON — Critics are relentless in warning about what they see as the folly of the new Common Core academic standards, designed to prepare students for college or a job by the time they graduate from high school.

The standards are being implemented in 45 states and the District of Columbia, but critics say they were written in private and never tested in real classrooms, and that educators aren’t familiar enough with the standards to use them. The standards also come with a multi-billion dollar price tag.

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  • Daniel Beyers posted at 12:05 pm on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    Dan Beyers Posts: 5

    Maybe critics should read the latest ranking of US schools worldwide - we are #36.

  • Lindsay Robinson posted at 10:09 am on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    Lindsay Posts: 6

    I don't understand the resistance to standards. My schooling was in a period when we led the world in our education - and we had standards. A student who couldn't perform to standards didn't go to the next grade or graduate. Teachers taught the test & often led us to a love of learning.
    I taught several years at SFCC & was appalled to find that the young students couldn't write a coherent sentence nor do simple math and didn't have any disciplined study habits. What happened? , I queried, and was told social promotion was to blame. They had not had to meet any standards to graduate.
    The problem still existed at the community college level. There were no standards for the class I was teaching. The different teachers had no consistency in what they taught. Thankfully I have the skills to develop my own measures so at least the students knew what they needed to do. At least for a while I got the other teachers to use the same final exam!
    My own background is in designing classes so I know the importance of standards. "if you don't know where you are going, you won't know if you get there." Standards don't detract from acquiring a Love of Learning. To the contrary, students are largely freed from the landmines of subjective & often secret criteria so they can focus on the subject.


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