Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Backlash against the Backlash: The Opposition to Common Core Is Misinformed and Dangerous

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Backlash against the Backlash: The Opposition to Common Core Is Misinformed and Dangerous

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LETS GET THIS STRAIGHT: The Common Core State Standards initiative is not a federal conspiracy. The federal government philosophically supports CCSS, but it has had no hand in its creation. CCSS, in case you were sleeping, is an initiative of the National Governors Association--you know, hose states' rights guys--and the Council of Chief State School Officers (that's right, state school officers).

And yet a loud minority of ill-intentioned people is trying to derail CCSS by claiming that it forces a national curriculum on states. (I'm actually paraphrasing their criticism into rational language. I wont even go near statements claiming the feds "now have control over your children.")

CCSS is not a curriculum. There is a difference between standards and curriculum, and people who don't understand the difference should not be leading public debate on the topic. Moreover, shared academic standards do not take away from the state its responsibility to determine the curriculum and supervise the instruction of its schools.

What CCSS does is set internationally benchmarked standards to which the states can calibrate their curriculum and instruction. …

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