What are respected thinkers realizing about Common Core?   Leave a comment



Heritage Foundation

“Federal involvement in the Common Core national standards push is not some figment of

           the imagination. Billions in federal funding, strings-attached NCLB waivers, and                   

           significant rhetorical support clearly point to a nationalization of the content taught in the

           local schools. . . .  South Carolina – and states across the country – are right to have pause

           about this latest federal overreach.  And they shouldn’t be ridiculed by a federal agency

           that has already done plenty to centralize education spending and authority.”


Brookings Institute

           “The Common Core will have little to no effect on student achievement. The quality or

           rigor of state standards has been unrelated to NAEP [National Assessment of Educational

           progress] scores. Moreover, most of the variation in NAEP scores lies within states, not

           between them. Whatever impact standards alone can have on reducing within-state

           differences should have been already felt by the standards that all states have had since



Pioneer Institute

“Implementation of the Common Core Standards is likely to represent substantial

           additional expense for most states [estimated at $16 billion nationwide]. . . . [S]tates

           should step back and encourage a public discussion of the potential benefits and costs of

           implementing the Common Core Standards. Is realigning the local education system

           to the Common Core Standards the best investment of scarce educational resources?

           What are the other options that should be considered?”


Cato Institute

“In the U.S., advocates of a national curriculum have for years pointed to nations

            at the top of TIMSS and PISA rankings and argued that because those countries

            have national curriculums, a national curriculum must be good. The argument is

            without merit. What the advocates neglect to observe is that countries at the bottom

            of the international rankings also have a national curriculum. . . . [T]here is no

            meaningful evidence that national standards lead to better outcomes.”


Edwin Meese III, former U. S. Attorney General

“[T]here is no constitutional or statutory basis for national standards, national

            assessments, or national curricula. . . . Even if the development of national curriculum

            models, frameworks, or guidelines were judged lawful, we do not believe Congress or

            the public supports having them developed by a self-selected group behind closed

            doors and with no public accountability.”



American Principles Project

             “The Common Core Standards facilitate the practically unlimited sharing of our

              children’s private, personally identifiable data with other government agencies

              such as the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, and even with

              private entities.”


Ze’ev Wurman, former U. S.Department of Education official

              “[E]ven the defenders of the national standards do not claim they are at the level

               of international high achievers. Currently South Carolina has good standards in

                English and mathematics, even as they can be improved. . . . [I]ts new history

                standards are the best in the nation, and its science standards are also excellent

                and among the top 5 in the nation. South Carolina showed it can improve the

                standards on its own if it so wishes and has no need to trade them for mediocre

                standards that transfer control out of state to Washington, D.C.”


Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Professor of Education Reform, University of Arkansas

               “Common Core’s ‘college readiness’ standards for English language arts and

                reading are simply empty skill sets. . . . Common Core’s ELA ‘college readiness’

                standards weaken the base of literary and cultural knowledge needed for

                authentic college coursework.”





Posted April 9, 2012 by Christel Swasey in Uncategorized

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