Why President Obama’s Common Core is wrong.
Paul Horton is a history teacher at the University of Chicago Lab School.
The Cure for the Common Core
The Common Core is like that insidious commercial that creeps into the darker recesses of our short-term memories: the jingle that we wake up hearing; the embarrassingly male enhancement ad that we wince at; or the little message that penetrates the space between the paragraphs of every online news story we read. It has become the unintentional trope of market driven education: the separation of learning from creative, non alienated interaction between two subjects: the teacher and the learner. The Common Core Standards seek to reify the learning and assessment processes into code intended to objectify and operate skilled 21st century workers.
Stephen Pinker could not explain its staying power!
Readers of New York Times editorials who read nothing else about “The Core” tend to be down on…
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