Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Truth about Common Core

National Review is the nation's oldest and most prominent conservative journal and was founded by William F. Buckley, Jr.  In this article, which appeared in National Review Online, authors Kathleen Porter-Magee  and Sol Stern examine Common Core and counter some of the common criticisms coming from the right. Both Porter-Magee and Stern work for conservative think tanks and have an interest in education reform. They argue that Common Core is not a cicurriculum but a set of standards of what a child should know at a particular grade level, that Common Core is not "Obamacore" and did not originate in Washington, that it does not abandon literacy standards, that the math is not squishy or progressive and lacking in rigorous content, and offer other counter arguments to right wing criticism of common core. If you have been getting your information about common core from the populist right, please learn what other conservatives are saying about common core. It may not be perfect, but in my view it is a major step forward in fixing what is wrong with American education.

Why are prominent conservatives criticizing a set of rigorous educational standards? 

By Kathleen Porter-Magee , Sol Stern

The new Common Core math and reading standards adopted by 45 states have come under a firestorm of criticism from tea-party activists and commentators such as Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin. Beck calls the standards a stealth “leftist indoctrination” plot by the Obama administration. Malkin warns that they will “eliminate American children’s core knowledge base in English, language arts and history.” As education scholars at two right-of-center think tanks, we feel compelled to set the record straight. (link)

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