Education | Standards Drawing Criticism [Corrected 03/15/14]

By Borg, Linda | Providence Journal (Providence, RI), February 2, 2014 | Go to article overview

Education | Standards Drawing Criticism [Corrected 03/15/14]


Borg, Linda, Providence Journal (Providence, RI)


PROVIDENCE - Across the country, elected leaders and educators have begun pushing back against a set of educational standards that have been adopted by 45 states, including Rhode Island.

Now, a burgeoning opposition movement is developing in Rhode Island, with teachers, parents and at least one school committee questioning whether the Common Core standards are worth all of the money and effort put into them.

Although opposition to the Common Core in Rhode Island hasn't coalesced, it has cropped up in communities as diverse as Barrington, Tiverton and Cumberland.

And state Rep. Gregg Amore, D-East Providence, has submitted a bill calling for a delay in the implementation of a new test in math and English tied to the Common Core, which will be implemented statewide next year. The Tiverton School Committee voted last week to support the bill.

Both conservative and progressive critics say the Common Core is an attempt to impose a national curriculum that undermines local control and narrows the curriculum with its relentless focus on math and literacy.

Advocates point out that the standards were developed by the nation's governors and state education commissioners, not the federal government. They deny that it is a national curriculum. Rather, they say, it is a set of expectations that define what skills should be mastered at various grade levels from kindergarten through high school.

The Common Core grew out of a widespread fear that the United States was falling behind the industrialized world in math and science as measured by international tests.

The move to establish a shared set of standards was also a reaction to the growing achievement gaps between racial groups and low-income students and higher-income students.

In 2009, the National Governors Association assembled a group of educators who ultimately developed standards in math and science. The Obama administration encouraged states to adopt them through its Race to the Top grants program.

"States were saying, 'We're not getting the work force we need,' " said Chad Colby, a spokesman for Achieve Inc., of Washington, D.C., a nonpartisan education reform organization that helped develop the Common Core standards. "Governors and chief state officers were saying it doesn't make sense that we have different standards in different states."

In Rhode Island, the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education discussed the standards at several open meetings beginning in 2009 before approving them, upon the recommendation of Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist, in 2010.

As the state moves toward implementing a new test based on the new standards for the 2014-2015 school year, calls for delaying or halting the program are increasing.

In Barrington, critics such as parent Tad Segal and School Committee member Scott Fuller say the standards were developed without any input from local school committees, teachers and superintendents, a complaint echoed by others.

"Who developed the Common Core?" said Dan Snowman, a Smithfield parent and physics professor at Rhode Island College who is part of a Facebook group called Collapse the Core. "There was a staggering lack of early childhood experts and classroom teachers."

But the responsibility for setting state standards lies at the state level, not the local one, said Department of Education spokesman Elliot Krieger.

As the standards were being developed, RIDE shared the information with Rhode Island math and English educators, Krieger said.

Moreover, three Rhode Island educators and a professor from Brown University participated on the national committees that reviewed the standards.

Gist said "there absolutely were teachers involved" in the development of the Common Core. More importantly, Rhode Island teachers are deeply involved in developing curriculum based on the new standards.

Another common criticism is that the standards are unrealistic for younger students because they call for abstract reasoning skills that are developmentally inappropriate for children in kindergarten through third grade. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Education | Standards Drawing Criticism [Corrected 03/15/14]
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.