Now we are told we need a new national system called Common Core standards, but this has provoked a grassroots uprising. Parents don’t want federal control or a federal curriculum. Common Core advocates loudly proclaim that there is no Common Core curriculum, there are only standards based on which the local schools can write their own curriculum. But the Common Core (usually called assessments) are the mechanism of federal control over the curriculum because teachers must teach to the test.
New Mexico Senator Tim Keller described in a recent editorial the complaints he hears from parents who “stress deep objection to the continuing trend of out-of-state, for-profit testing companies’ intrusion into the classroom.” There’s just too much testing driven by those with a nefarious “incentive to make the case for more testing.”
Of course, tests are important to measure performance. But Common Core tests are big money-making industry and are used by the Obama Administration to control the content of the curriculum.
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