Common Core as Political Football

The NY Times article on Sunday April 20, 2014 on Common Core Standards is a “must-read”.  Link below:
Republicans see political Wedge in Common Core
It is a shame that so many politicians are playing games with the Common Core Standards movement.  On both sides of the aisle, far too many elected officials and hopefuls to be elected are playing with kids’ lives and frankly our Nation’s economic development.  Good for Jeb Bush for remaining honest and staying the course.  Looks like Chris Christie is doing the same.  It is despicable how Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and others are exploiting what’s best for ALL kids, and the Nation building we can and must do.

4 Comments on “Common Core as Political Football

  1. I totally agree with your assessment of the NY Times article. Read it this Sunday morning and felt so disheartened that the far right conservatives are taking such a hard line political view on the common core which is completely incorrect. Their issues against the core are not being made public and they speak in generalities tying everything back to the simple fact that they want the public to believe they came out of the Obama administration. I support the higher common core standards and am waiting for more republicans to come forward and have a healthy debate with those that maintain they are an over reach. We need to clear this up and get on with the issues of making high quality public education a reality for all children across all of America!

  2. I agree that CCSS is often discussed in generalities and ‘gotcha’ talking points. I’d like to hear thoughts on 3 things. First what is the impact of CCSS on Advanced, Honors, or Gifted classes/programs? Second, what is the impact of CCSS on special education students and classes? Third, what about highly regarded programs such as IB, AICE, AP, or high school/university partnerships for dual degree options?

    • There may be more deeply qualified answers; however, from my review, the rigor of what is provided Advances, Honors, Gifted, AICE, IB, AP, etc. tracks would not be altered. Much of these provide what more kids need in the way of complexity and academic rigor. What would be altered by strong CCSS implementation is improved quality of lesson components and learning activities. CCSS provides strands and streams of persuasive writing demands, which is but one example of improvements we will see when following CCSS requirements. Look more deeply into CCSS documents, and states’ versions of CCSS-based curricula and you will see elements of improvements for all kids, even high capacity kids. JW

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