In this trenchant analysis of the Common Core, Stan Karp explains that the fundamental problem is not about their content but their context.
While people argue the merits of the Common Core, public education itself is under assault:
Today everything about the Common Core, even the brand name—the Common Core State Standards—is contested because these standards were created as an instrument of contested policy. They have become part of a larger political project to remake public education in ways that go well beyond slogans about making sure every student graduates “college and career ready,” however that may be defined this year. We’re talking about implementing new national standards and tests for every school and district in the country in the wake of dramatic changes in the national and state context for education reform. These changes include:
A 10-year experiment in the use of federally mandated standards and…
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