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3 Reasons Universities Criticize Common Core

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 03:54 PM

The goal of the Common Core standards is to help American school children be better prepared for college and careers.

While college entrance test organizations, like the College Board and ACT fully support the effort, some universities criticize these Common Core standards.

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Here are three points to consider:

1. Teacher re-training is needed: Universities are under the gun to train future teachers to be able to handle the Common Core standards. The initiative has rolled out so quickly, that some programs are not able to flex to the changes.

According to U.S. News and World Report
, a majority of states trying to work with colleges and universities on programs to prepare teachers have experienced a challenge with the effort.

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2. College basics have to be altered to meet with Common Core: The entry-level classes for college freshman have to be changed in some cases. According U.S. News and World Report, some universities are finding that entry-level college course content has to be changed based on the knowledge expectations of Common Core. This may mean more students in remedial classes.

3. The common core standards don't treat the classics right: In an article published in Crisis Magazine, Dr. Anthony Esolen of Providence College outlined his argument against the standards saying the, "Common Corers get things exactly backwards. You do not read 'The Wind in the Willows' so that you can gain some utilitarian skill for handling 'text.'"

He adds, "If anything, we want our children to gain a little bit of linguistic maturity so that they can read 'The Wind in the Willows.' That is the aim ... what baffles me most about this latest and hugely expensive exercise in inhumanity is that it has never been cheaper or easier (were it not for distractions and the insanity and moral squalor around us) to give children a splendid education in arts and letters."

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