Sunday, February 9, 2014

The main reason I’m against the Common Core

The push for the Common Core rests on the proposition that there is a particular way of thinking about education that is so objectively correct that we should not allow any communities, anywhere in America, to choose a different approach. That would be bad enough, but it’s even worse when you see what that way of thinking is: one that assumes that all kids must learn the same things at the same time and has a limitless faith in the ability of standardized test scores to capture everything that we care about in our children’s school experience, without any unintended consequences. Proving that you have the One Right Approach is an awfully heavy burden, and this particular attempt doesn’t even come close.

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