Column: Common Core major risk widely misunderstood, should be dumped




Common Core is a brave, new issue that maybe hasn’t come your way yet, and so let’s sum it up. It is a mathematically weak, humanities-jabbing, ideologically inebriated, innovation-squashing, sparsely tested and therefore unproven scheme to dramatically change the educational lives of tens of millions of American children in Grades K-12. You might want to study it some.

If you do, you will find that many of those defending it with teeth-bared animosity not only are amiss in the kinds of tests they want thrown at students but could not themselves pass a test on what this thing is really all about.

Some make it sound, for instance, as if there was loads of grassroots discussion as states figured out new English and math evaluation standards meant to ensure students could handle college or jobs before graduating from high school. That’s false.

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