I have been thinking a lot about that lately. I do believe that we need challenging learning standards in every state, but what if some of those standards are not appropriate for students–especially young students?
I have written about more general concerns here
I think a lot of good people signed onto the Common Core standards based on the ideal of the Common Core, without ever truly examining the standards and their implications. I think it is time for all of us to take a long, hard look before continuing with implementation.
Some folks saw what was coming long before I did. I recently found this:
Joint Statement of Early Childhood Health and Education Professionals on the Common Core Standards Initiative Issued by the Alliance for Childhood March 16, 2010
WE HAVE GRAVE CONCERNS about the core standards for young children now being written by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The proposed standards conflict with compelling new research in cognitive science, neuroscience, child development, and early childhood education about how young children learn, what they need to learn, and how best to teach them in kindergarten and the early grades.”