Common Core Pros
- Standards are a first step – a key building block – in providing our young people with a high-quality education that will prepare them for success in college and work.”
- Common Core Standards are a guide
- Uniform standards is one area where teachers’ unions and the education reform community can come together
- Makes a teacher’s job more manageable
- Teachers could be like actors, focus on interpretation and delivery.
- National Education Standards are beneficial for the basic reason that families may move across state lines
- It also helps give a country a united purpose with regards to how it wants to education its children.
Common Core Cons
- The top-down, test-driven, corporate-styled “accountability” movement -- featuring prescriptive state standards -- has already done incalculable damage to our children’s classrooms, particularly in low-income neighborhoods.
- That the most enthusiastic proponents of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, etc., tend to be those who know the least about how kids learn.
- One-size-fits-all instructional demands actually offer the illusion of fairness, setting back the cause of genuine equity.
- Beyond uniformity, this proposal also conflates excellence with rigor (the premise being that harder is necessarily better) and specificity (for “clear” or “focused,” read: “narrow” and “reflecting a behaviorist model of learning”)
- It’s not to nourish curiosity, help kids to fall in love with reading, encourage critical questioning, or support a democratic society. Rather, the mantra is “competitiveness in a global economy” -- that is, aiding American corporations and triumphing over people who live in other countries.
- In contrast, there is no meaningful empirical evidence that national standards improve outcomes.
- Do I worry about who controls national standards? Sure. Some will try to replace substance with mush.