July 23, 2012

The Common Core Monster

Cross posted at ASCD EDge

The education blogosphere is rife with posts about the Common Core State Standards. This monster is approaching fast, and it's scarier than any of Spiderman's evil foes (pick your movie version).
Think I'm overstating? Check out what one blogger says:
"Ultimately, state leaders—educators among them—need to decide what expectations students across the state will be held to."
This perspective underscores the danger that the monster presents. Why should a state leader, who has never been in my classroom, who has no idea of the needs of my students, decide what the expectations are?

This arrogant notion CCSS authors have -- that they know what's best for my students -- is as bad, perhaps worse, than the monster we currently have.

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