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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Critics of Common Core, California to the RNC

Those who think that Common Core is going to make your kids smarter should read this letter written by one of America’s most distinguished mathematic professors at the University of California, Berkeley, Marina Ratner, and published in the Wall Street Journal (8-6-14): "Common Core fails any comparison with the standards of high-achieving countries.... The adoption of the Common Core standards represents a huge step backward which puts an end to our hard-won standing as having the top math standards. The Common Core standards will move the U.S. even closer to the bottom in international ranking... Simple concepts are made artificially intricate and complex with the pretense of being deeper, while the actual content taught was primitive."

One group that has figured out what’s wrong with Common Core is the Republican National Committee. It has passed strong and well-written resolutions critical of Common Core that display a keen understanding of why it is bad news for our school kids. Here are some excerpts:

Whereas, almost 500,000 U.S. students take the College Board’s AP U.S. History (APUSH) course each year; ...

Whereas the new APUSH Framework reflects a radically revisionist view of American History that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects, ...

Whereas the Framework includes little or no discussion of the Founding Fathers, the principles of the Declaration of Independence, the religious influences on our nation’s history, ...

Resolved, the Republican National Committee strongly recommends that the College Board delay the implementation of the New AP US History Framework for at least a year, ... and that a committee be convened to draft an APUSH Framework that is consistent with ... the desires of U.S. parents and other citizens for their students to learn the true history of their country.

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