Com­mon Core protests show no signs of slow­ing

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - BY ALEX HOP­KINS

A fierce bat­tle in New York is the lat­est sign that pop­ulist re­sis­tance to the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion-backed Com­mon Core ed­u­ca­tion re­forms shows no signs of slow­ing — and that the op­po­si­tion isn’t lim­ited to red states.

Since 2010, 45 states have adopted the Com­mon Core bench­marks for pro­fi­ciency in English and math for school­child­ren at the end of each grade.

Crit­ics say sev­eral states are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing buy­ers’ re­morse af­ter com­plaints from par­ents and schol­ars that the re­forms are untested and poorly de­signed and from be­ing im­posed on the Catholic Church’s ex­ten­sive net­work of parochial schools.

“We be­lieve that, not­with­stand­ing the good in­ten­tions of those who made th­ese de­ci­sions, Com­mon Core was ap­proved too hastily and with in­ad­e­quate con­sid­er­a­tion of how it would change the char­ac­ter and cur­ricu­lum of our na­tion’s Catholic schools …,” the let­ter said. “In fact, we are con­vinced that Com­mon Core is so deeply flawed that it should not be adopted by Catholic schools which have yet to ap­prove it, and that those schools which have al­ready en­dorsed it should seek an or­derly with­drawal now.”

Other states, in­clud­ing Alabama, have mixed feel­ings about Com­mon Core.

“I am adamantly op­posed to Com­mon Core, and I hope the Leg­is­la­ture will do some­thing about it,” state Sen. Scott Bea­son, Gar­den­dale Repub­li­can, said last week. “There are some peo­ple who would like to avoid it one way or another. But I be­lieve it’s one of the big­gest is­sues fac­ing the Repub­li­can Party, and this is a red state.”

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Jae­den Alvarez prac­tices cur­sive writ­ing at Cleve­land K-6 School on Sept. 18 in Day­ton, Ohio. Cur­sive writ­ing is not be­ing taught in many schools as some 45 states have adopted Com­mon Core stan­dards, which have elim­i­nated its teach­ing.

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