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October 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM
Editorial calls for better understanding on Common Core
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?
About the authors
Katherine Long has been a reporter for The Seattle Times since 1990, focusing for the past three years on higher ed, with stories that have ranged from the complexities of prepaid tuition programs to nontraditional ways to earn a degree.
Claudia Rowe joined The Seattle Times’ reporting staff in 2013. She has written about education for The New York Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, among other publications.
Mike Siegel has been a news photographer at the Seattle Times since 1987. His photography was used in a series titled "Methadone and the Politics of Pain," which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for investigative reporting.
Janet Horne Henderson is The Times’ education editor. She has directed award-winning stories and projects examining race, immigration, religion and health, in addition to education
Caitlin Moran is community engagement editor for Education Lab. Her role is to help foster constructive dialogue online and in person
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