Achieve just published something in Education Week, rating states as being college ready or not. Little was new. However three comments had landed and all of them need exposure. All were new to me, covering new ground, and so as a public service, I am republishing them here… Because they make one think…

1) Common Core supporters are resorting to this false choice argument in their desperation: “You’re either for the Common Core or you’re for the status quo.” Wrong. I publicly signed on to support a Common Core before Achieve released its final draft of the standards; but this Common Core changes too little, is too like the current status quo to make much difference, due especially to its devotion to America’s failing, uncompetitive, one-size-fits-all, intolerant comprehensive high school model and its still far-too-slow pace for mathematical proficiency.

2) How can you hold students accountable to Common Core standards when most of their education was pre-Common Core? That’s guaranteeing failure for teachers, students and schools.

3) Common Core math is just wrong. Aligning to it is a pointless exercise in math without context, keyed to teaching students to work puzzles for 12 years, pass a test, and kick them out of school into remedial math in college. Good job!!

There were no supportive comments praising Common Core as of the time of this writing……

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