Common Core

Doubts Over Common Core
By George Will
Common Core is designed to advance in primary and secondary education the general progressive agenda of centralization and uniformity. what begins with mere national standards must breed ineluctable pressure to standardize educational content. Targets, metrics, guidelines and curriculum models all induce conformity in instructional materials. Washington already is encouraging the alignment of the GED, SAT and ACT tests with the Common Core.


Common Core Confusion
By Stephen Colbert
Folks, as much as I didn’t expect it, I may be coming around to the Common Core because it turns out that Common Core testing prepares our students for what they will face as adults, pointless stress and confusion. Oh come on! Tests are supposed to be stressful. That’s why its called a blood pressure test which, by the way, I aced with a perfect 1600.



George Will Demolishes Common Core
By Georgia SchoolWatch
A fierce attack on Common Core Sunday night, characterizing the educational standards as a way for progressives to further promote their political views.


Common Core Tweets
By Louis C.K.
My kids used to love math. Now it makes them cry. Thanks standardized testing and common core!





Everything you need to know about Common Core
By Diane Ravitch
I fear that the Common Core plan of standards and testing will establish a test-based meritocracy that will harm our democracy by parceling out opportunity, by ranking and rating every student in relation to their test scores.






Common Core - Where Do We Stand?(08/19/2014 - Stan Jester - FactChecker)
Supporters assert it is a high-quality, voluntarily adopted set of national mathematics and language arts standards that will help transform American education by aiming all students at uniform, lofty goals. Opponents argue  adoption of the Core was federally coerced, the standards are of dubious quality, and one size simply cannot fit all. Meanwhile, a large majority of Americans know nothing about the Common Core standards, despite the fact they are being implemented in 46 states. In July 2010 the Georgia State Board of Education voted to have Georgia adhere to the Common Core standards.

Common Core: Substandard Educational Scheme (Jane Robbins,Tanya Ditty )
Michael Petrilli and Michael Brickman of the Fordham Institute recently bemoaned Georgia parents’ “misguided and ill-informed” critiques of the Common Core national standards. Common Core has had no more enthusiastic a defender than Fordham, perhaps as a result of the $6.7 million Fordham has accepted from Common Core’s financier, the Gates Foundation, to advance Gates’s pet project.  In any event, Fordham challenges Georgians to put forth a “better plan.” As Georgia parents, grandparents, and taxpayers, we accept the challenge.

Inherent flaws in how Georgia and Common Core teach math (08/19/2014 - Maureen Downey - AJC)
 Much of the decision to go to an integrated math was based on the fact that most countries outside the U.S. use such an integrated approach.  (This point is also made in the Appendix of the mathematics standards in Common Core.)  Georgia modeled its integrated math after the Japanese mathematics curriculum. It is noteworthy that, of the four mathematics "Pathways" that Common Core provides (see the Appendix), two are for the integrated math approach.  This is the case even though Georgia is the only state in the U.S. that has an integrated mathematics curriculum.  (New York has, for the most part, abandoned its integrated math.)

Common Core Opponents Lack A Better Plan (10/13/2013- Maureen Downey - AJC)
For almost two decades now, the U.S. has been working to improve its schools by holding them accountable for results on standardized tests. And there’s been some success, with America’s lowest performing students showing marked gains.

State Super explains Common Core Test Retreat (07/26/2013 - Maureen Downey - AJC)
John Barge explains the decision to withdraw from the 22-state consortium creating the new test for the Common Core State Standards along with some other Get Schooled blog questions.