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What are Global Influences Behind the Common Core?

By    |   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 01:39 PM

The Common Core refers to the set of state determined standards for mathematics and English language arts/literacy in U.S. schools. Common Core standards are internationally benchmarked and use standards from top-performing countries to shape curriculum goals.

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The Common Core was developed in the U.S. in 2007 although other countries have had national educational standards much before that. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) exam was developed in the 1990s in response to a demand for consistent information on international education systems. Today the PISA exam is given in 65 countries, including the United States, and Common Core standards are adjusted to fit the test’s findings.

NPR reported that the 2012 PISA exam’s results indicated that Singapore, Japan, Korea, Lichtenstein, and the Netherlands were top performers. All of these countries have national education standards with which the US must compete in order to join the list of top performers.

A goal of the Common Core standards is “to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society,” which includes incorporating an understanding of global historical and sociopolitical forces, and different cultures into school curricula. There are many NGOs and nonprofits that serve the educational community in implementing Common Core.  One notable organization is World Savvy, a nonprofit that aims to promote global competence learning into schools in accordance with the Common Core, hosts various school programs to bring greater knowledge of world issues to Common Core classrooms.

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So far, 44 states and DC have adopted Common Core standards but some still remain skeptical of the policies. Arizonians Against the Common Core is a grassroots group that tries to prevent the implementation of the Common Core in order to better Arizona’s school system. The organization says that despite the Common Core’s claims of being internationally benchmarked, “skills cannot be benchmarked.”

Dr. James Milgram, Mathematics professor at Stanford University, testified against the implementation of the Common Core in Indiana in 2012. Dr. Milgram asserted that the Common Core math standards “are actually two or more years behind international expectations.” He also called the Common Core’s international benchmarks “meaningless,” according to comments published by Hoosiers Against Common Core.  

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