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Friday, June 6, 2014

Good News: Oklahoma Repeals Common Core

Check it out here. 

And here.

While only one other state (that I know of) has refused to implement common core (Indiana), other states are considering repeal. As opposition grows, mostly from concerned parents, this controversial issue isn't going away anytime soon.

What's wrong with Common Core? Plenty! Here are a few articles for the researching reader.

Here's just one expert's assessment of a few of the problems:
Dr. Sandra Stotsky, the 21st-century chair in teacher quality at the University of Arkansas’s Department of Education Reform, who served on the National Validation Committee for the Common Core State Systemic Initiative (2009-2010), on the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (2006-2008), speaks against the Standards. She argues that:

1. Common Core’s ELA [English Language Arts] standards are NOT rigorous. They were designed to allow mid-level grade 11 students to enroll in credit-bearing courses in a non-selective college.
2. Common Core’s standards are NOT internationally benchmarked and will not make any of our students competitive.
3. There is NO research to support Common Core’s stress on writing instead of reading.
4. There is NO research to support Common Core’s stress on informational reading instead of literary study in the English class.
5. There is no research to support the value of “cold” reading of historical documents, a bizarre pedagogy promoted by the chief architect of Common Core’s ELA standards.
6. Available research suggests exactly the opposite of what Common Core’s document and standards promote in the ELA classroom.[iii]  (Read more....)
And check out this article: Beyond Common Core 

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