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    Questions

    This piece needs no introduction. Send it to the usual culprits-- so-called teacher professional organizations (which these days prefer to be lapdogs) and unions, the press, members of the Congressional education committees, your state ed committees.

    I've eleven questions:

    Am I alone in my opinion that the Common Core Standards push us away from
    instruction designed to capitalize on individual differences? that they
    reinforce and perpetuate our failure to accept and capitalize on the
    integrated nature of knowledge? that they lock in place a curriculum closed
    to knowledge lying outside the boundaries of the core subjects? that they
    improperly attach to those subjects rather than identifying the qualities of
    mind we want study to develop? that our inability to predict the future
    makes it impossible to determine appropriate content standards? that the
    CCSS narrow the focus of innovation to that which lies within core
    curriculum boundaries? that as written they reflect particular schools of
    thought within the various disciplines to the exclusion of other schools of
    thought?

    If I'm alone in assuming these are problems, why aren't the errors in my
    thinking being pointed out?

    If I'm not alone, why is no one joining me in pushing these accusations
    against the CCSS, demanding that the Council of Chief State School Officers,
    the National Governors Association, the Gates, Broad, and Walton
    Foundations, Achieve and other astroturf "think tanks," pro-Standards
    editorial boards of academic journals, big-name educators, and other
    high-profile fans of the Standards, respond to them?

    If they can, should they not, in the interest of institutional health, do
    so?

    If they can't, shouldn't their inability or unwillingness to do so be
    exposed to the public?

    I see us trying to nibble unacceptable policies to death, and it's not
    working. Any ONE of the questions in my first paragraph, inadequately
    answered, is reason enough to kill the CCSS.

    — Marion Brady

    February 27, 2013


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