Diane Ravitch posted a brief summary of a great editorial by Rethinking Schools. It is nice to see that the fight against Common Core comes from all both sides!
Secretary Arne Duncan would have the world believe that the Common Core standards are opposed only by extremists and people who believe in flying saucers.
But it is not true.
While much of the energy against the Common Core has come from Tea Party people who fear a federal takeover of public schools, there are also thoughtful critics on the left side of the political spectrum. I would begin by mentioning Susan Ohanian and Stephen Krashen, for starters. And I would add myself, as I am appalled by the way the standards were imposed without any trials in real classrooms and without any real discussion or debate.
For a succinct summary of the progressive argument against the Common Core, read this editorial by Rethinking Schools.
The editorial looks at the Common Core through the prism of the disaster that is NCLB. The heavy emphasis on high-stakes tests succeeded mainly in…
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