Some subscribers to
Math-Teach might be interested in a recent post "The Contentious
Common Core Controversy" [Hake (2013)]. The abstract
ABSTRACT: The Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
<http://www.corestandards.org/> have engendered considerable
controversy - see e.g., "Resistance to Common Core standards
growing" [Strauss (2013)] at <http://wapo.st/Y7kwdK>.
Stimulated by Diane Ravitch's (2013) admonition at
<http://bit.ly/XGpEpK> "to think critically about the
searched Google for "Common Core State Standards" to obtain
3,010,000 hits at <http://bit.ly/15QLBZR> on 03 March 2013
10:15-0800. Careful consideration of all those leads me to suggest the
following sixteen as especially valuable:
1. "Eight problems with Common Core Standards" [Brady
(2012)] at <http://wapo.st/15Z4kTg>.
2. "Engineering Good Math Tests"[Burkhardt (2012)] at
3. "How Common Core will change testing in schools" [Krashen
(2012)] at <http://wapo.st/12bt9w5>;
4. "Debunking the Case for National Standards: One-Size-Fits-All
Mandates and Their Dangers" [Kohn (2010)] at
5. "Do young kids need to learn a lot of facts?" [Miller &
Carlsson-Paige (2013)] at <http://wapo.st/13oJVqW>.
6. "Whoo-Hoo! Occupy the Schools" [Ohanian (2013)] at
7. "Why I Cannot Support the Common Core Standards" [Ravitch
We Need a Common Core?" [Tampio (2012)] at <http://huff.to/ZBaDb6>.
a Comprehensive System for Evaluating and Supporting Effective
Teaching" [Darling-Hammond et al. (2012)] at
"Standards Worth Attaining" Finn (2012) at
11. "A Common Core Standards defense" [Hirsch (2013)] at
12. "What English classes should look like in Common Core era"
[Jago (2013)] at
13. "International Lessons
About National Standards" [Schmidt, Houang, & Shakrani
(2009)] at <http://bit.ly/xPjmJ4>.
14. "Seizing the Moment for Mathematics" [Schmidt (2012)] at
15. "On Naked Standards - And Free Curriculum" Tucker (2012)
16. "The Case for National Standards" [Weingarten (2009)] at
For an earlier
review of the pros and cons of the Common Core Standards see
"National Education Standards for the United States?" [Hake
(2009)] at <http://bit.ly/Z0DMLK>. In a subsequent post I shall
"Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS)
<http://bit.ly/y1gJPx> and their relationship to the
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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Links to Articles: <http://bit.ly/a6M5y0>
Links to Socratic Dialogue Inducing (SDI) Labs:
Google Scholar <http://bit.ly/Wz2FP3>
"I have come to the conclusion that the Common Core standards
effort is fundamentally flawed by the process with which they have
been foisted upon the nation. . . . . They were developed by an
organization called Achieve and the National Governors Association
both of which were generously funded by the Gates Foundation. . . . .
Their creation was neither grassroots nor did it emanate from the
states. . . . . . it was well understood by states that they
would not be eligible for Race to the Top funding unless they adopted
the Common Core standards. . . . . "
- Diane Ravitch (2013) at <http://bit.ly/XGpEpK>
that consistently outperform the United States on international
assessments all have national standards, with core curriculum,
assessments and time for professional development for teachers based
on those standards. . . . . Should fate, as determined by a student's
Zip code, dictate how much algebra he or she is taught? . . . .
Education is a local issue, but there is a body of knowledge about
what children should know and be able to do that should guide
decisions about curriculum and testing."
Weingarten (2009), president of the American Federation of Teachers at
"So much orchestrated attention is being showered on the Common
Core Standards, the main reason for poor student performance is being
ignored - a level of childhood poverty the consequences of which no
amount of schooling can effectively counter."
- Marion Brady (2012) at <http://wapo.st/15Z4kTg>.
REFERENCES [URL shortened by http://bit.ly/ and accessed on 03 March
Hake, R.R. 2013. "
The Contentious Common Core Controversy," online on the OPEN!
AERA-H archives at <http://bit.ly/Y7ocMv>. Post of 3 Mar 2013
11:01:22 to AERA-H and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete
post are being transmitted to several discussion lists and are also on
my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/Z7TV0W> with
a provision for comments.