The Politics of Common Core

The Politics of Common Core

There is a growing concern about the Common Core State Standards as it seems to become a political issue over who controls education policy. The Say No to Common Core website is particularly anti-CCSS. Michelle Malkin's blog series Rotten to the Core is another worth reading. Fordham Institute has a good blog called Common Core Watch and Jim Broadway’s School News Service discusses the politicizing of Common Core here. There is also concern about what literature will or will not be taught, little of which is actually outlined in the CCSS guidelines themselves. A NY Daily News story gives an overview of the literature issue here. However, at its core, the CCSS were developed to ensure that all students graduating high school would be able to take entry level for credit courses in English and math and pass them. It seems fairly straightforward that most people would be in favor of this concept. Information about the alignment of the CCSS and the ACT exam is available on the ACT website. Some good myth v. fact resources are available at the Hunt Institute and Stand For Children. What are your thoughts on Common Core? Leave a comment here.

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