Just as the Common Core State Standards have been adopted in states across the country, there is increasing debate about and opposition to the standards and their implementation. As the Washington Post has reported, some states are questioning the standards while some politicians, including Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, have spoken out against the Common Core. Arguments against them include that they are an inappropriate use of federal power, that they have been poorly implemented or that implementation has been rushed without sufficient training, and that students are unequipped to meet the challenges of the associated tests (as a follow up, this article from EdWeek offers more on the tests and the suggested role of teachers' unions). Of course, for many, the Common Core represents an opportunity to truly transform teaching and learning to develop essential skills for lifelong learning. This piece from Edutopia explains well the potential of the Common Core but also the dangers of treating them as just another set of standards to map and test to.
So, what’s your take—are you a Common Core advocate, skeptic, or something in between? What do you think is at the heart of the debate here? Are improvements to the Core and its implementation necessary, and if so what can be done?
For those interested in more Common Core resources and discussion, the Community has a Common Core group.