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Are the Common Core Standards themselves problematic?

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 blogged about my worries about Common Core elementary math here and here.

I have written about more general concerns here  

And I have certainly expressed my doubts about common core testing in NY which you can read here and 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.”



4 Responses to “Are the Common Core Standards themselves problematic?”

  1. Peter

    I understand the desire for standards, but for me, national standards, even if written by a blue-ribbon panel of highly qualified teachers, would be a noon-starter.

    Yes, the CCSS are worse because they are so ill-considered. But I don’t believe that centrally planned and federally orchestrated standards for all local schools can ever be a good thing.

    Without getting into excrutiating detail (like you, I have a blog for that) my objections boil down to this–

    Central planning requires that whoever does that planning can correctly identify the One Right Answer to whatever the issue is. That requires superhumanly wise central planners who can always find the One Right Answer every time. It also requires a belief that there can be such a thing as One Right Answer, and I don’t believe that. I don’t believe a person sitting in DC knows exactly what my 11th grade classroom and an 11th grade classroom in LA and an 11th grade classroom in Topeka all need.

    So, yes, the CCSS are wrong because they are full of bad assumptions, bad practices, and bad educational ideas (I get off the bus the minute we decree that the purpose of education is to qualify you for a job). But thinking that if we could somehow magically clean all of that up, we’d arrive at CCSS that were okay is a fool’s errand.


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