For those who have been trying to get mainstream attention focused on the vast pork (and resulting harm to CA schools) inherent in President Obama’s Common Core Standards (CCS), today’s L.A. Times editorial, “Was adopting Common Core a mistake?” is a bittersweet victory.
It’s sweet because it has been rare for a major CA newspaper to point out anything wrong with CCS. To its credit, the Times piece deals at length with the chaos which CA’s public schools are about to experience, caused by a hasty CCS implementation with an almost total lack of planning. To summarize the problem: Next school year there will be no set curriculum, noapproved textbooks, no approved testing procedures or indeed tests for fall standardized testing- an unprecedented situation and highly disruptive of the educational process. Parents, teachers, administrators and students will be up in arms.
The Times piece is bitter because it makes no mention of CA’s current standards, considered world-class by professionals not in the pay of textbook… Read More