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The Common Core controversy
Posted By Rob Schofield On April 29, 2014 @ 8:56 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
This morning’s edition of the Weekly Briefing  attempts to explain why the debate over the education standards known as Common Core are distracting us from larger and more important issues in public schools. Though the standards and the process surrounding their development are certainly flawed, repealing them isn’t the answer. That said, it’s important not to oversell the new standards either:
“For all of its imperfections, simply repealing Common Core is probably not the answer. For some percentage of children, broad-based higher standards will probably help.
By the same token, however, it’s also important not to kid ourselves. For the vast majority of children not currently achieving at desired levels, it will take lots more than just tougher standards [i.e. significantly larger public investments] to lift them up. Let’s hope the current debate isn’t just the latest in a long series of illusory solutions that have repeatedly served to distract Americans from this hard reality.”
It’s also important not to get carried away with criticism as continues to occur on the far right. This morning’s article on Talking Points Memo (“The Vast Network of Common Core Conspiracies”) explains just how loony that talk has gotten — with talk of pornography, Agenda 21 and Muslim conspiracies.
The bottom line: Common Core isn’t as bad or as good as the opponents or proponents allege. Let’s get on with implementing the standards carefully and skeptically and move on to bigger and more important matters.
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 This morning’s edition of the Weekly Briefing: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2014/04/29/debate-over-common-core-distracts-from-the-real-issues/
 This morning’s article on Talking Points Memo : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/the-vast-network-of-common-core-conspiracy-theories
 GOP showdown on Common Core? : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/24/gop-showown-on-common-core/
 Fayetteville Observer: Proposal to abandon Common Core is a step backwards : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/30/fayetteville-observer-proposals-to-abandon-common-core-are-a-step-backwards/
 Rejecting and embracing Common Core – all at the same time : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/03/28/rejecting-and-embracing-common-core-all-at-the-same-time/
 Common confusion: Common Core opponents wrongfully blame standards for testing explosion : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/06/05/common-confusion-common-core-opponents-wrongfully-blame-standards-for-testing-explosion/
 When will North Carolina jettison the Common Core? : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/06/05/when-will-north-carolina-jettison-the-common-core/
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