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Monday, September 23, 2013

Common Core Won't Make Kids Smarter

The new education standards called Common Core won't make U.S. kids any smarter. The overall Common Core strategy is to raise middle-scoring students a point or two but do nothing to motivate or help the smarter kids or the dumber kids. CC's goal is to achieve a result like Lake Wobegon, the fictional Minnesota town where "all kids are above average." Some state boards of education are already lowering their high school graduation requirements to align them with Common Core's K-12 standards.

CC advocates continue to say that these standards are not a curriculum but are merely standards. But it's clear that the curriculum must be aligned with the CC tests, so teachers will be compelled to teach to the test. A report by the UCLA-based National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing concluded that "educators will align curriculum and teaching to what is tested, and what is not assessed largely will be ignored." Bill Gates, the largest individual financial contributor to Common Core, said "We'll know we've succeeded when the curriculum and the tests are aligned to these standards."

The CC English standards replace about half of the readings in literature classics with so-called "informational" materials, which CC advocates say are supposed to promote analytical thinking by students. Actually, informational readings give leftwing educators a backdoor to bring liberal activism into the classroom. NPR reported that one veteran teacher, Melinda Bundy, replaced her popular unit about King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table with one about President John F. Kennedy because, she said, she "adored JFK."

The outgoing president of the Missouri branch of the NEA said CC will "prepare our kids for a global community, a global society. These are going to exactly take us there.”

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