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What Critics Have Gotten Correct About Common Core

By    |   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 02:09 PM

As Common Core remains the largest education topic for the past five years, debate on both sides has become increasingly complicated and contradictory.

Here's a look at what critics have gotten correct about common core:

It’s not tested:

While it may the simplest argument, it is also true. The Common Core is a set of guidelines that is completely new to the way our educational system is structured and it does not have any evidence in its base.

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In an article for the National Review, Frederick M. Hess, director of education-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute writes
, "The fact is that it’s difficult for anyone to claim that evidence ‘proves’ in which grade students should learn to calculate the area of a triangle or compare narrative styles. Vanderbilt professor Lynn Fuchs has put it well, noting that there is no ‘empirical basis’ for the Common Core."

The requirement of informational texts is detrimental to student learning:

Under the new Common Core standards, 70 percent of high school reading must be non-literature, or rather informational texts. Common Core advocates argue that this is not merely in English curriculums, but in all of the student’s learning, encompassing math, science, and history.

As Hess explains, it can begin to take away from other forms of instruction in these subjects. “It’s possible that having chemistry students read EPA reports rather than do labs is a better way to teach science, but there’s certainly no evidence proving the point.”

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In an article published on Glenn Beck's website, the writer, Wilson, argues that this will also have perilous implications for student’s free-thinking. “This will invite greater and greater indoctrination and bias in the selection and teachings of the text ... and what kid will learn love of reading from reading any, any government handbook?”

National standards do not equal educational quality:

Hess also argued the point many advocates make in that all high-performing nations have national standards of education.

Hess responded, “What they’re much less likely to mention is that the world’s lowest-performing nations also have national standards. There is no obvious causal link between national standards and educational quality.”

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