It’s time for the public to do its homework on Common Core.
That’s the argument made by The Times’ editorial board in Sunday’s paper. Citing a Gallup poll that found two in three Americans had never heard of the new national standards, the editorial argues that a lack of understanding is contributing to unfair scrutiny surrounding the program, which is expected to be implemented locally next fall.
The board writes:
Parents need a firm understanding about what Common Core is and what it is not. Otherwise critics will distort it.
Political conservatives are already making mischief by casting Common Core as a federal intrusion upon local control of schools. Nice try, but the Obama Administration did not play a role in creating Common Core, which grew out of a bipartisan effort by state governors and education leaders to raise academic standards nationwide.
A handful of states are already rethinking Common Core, some citing its expense. Washington’s budget writers are already building Common Core into education funding.
The entire piece, “Engage in new Common Core education standards,” is available here. What’s your reaction?