Malkin's greater flaw is a false assertion that the CCSS are depriving the states of authority.
The CCSS are a comprise ... something that all states could live with, as MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS that should be met for all students, in all states. [Better called, C(ollective) C(ompromise) State Standards ... or MINIMUM State Standards.] They lie somewhere between what the nation's best public schools already were doing, and what the nation's worst public schools already were doing.
Prominent objections to the CCSS are that they do not specify what school standards *should* be ... only an "average" of actually what American school standards already *are*.
OK. So now, let's get on with *also* formulating what school standards *should* be. Only within that context is it valid to begin making comparisons with standards employed by other nations.
The "CCSS war" dilemma is that many states ... and many educators, legislators, etc. ... are using the CCSS as if they were "the bar" for the nation. Yes, for the poorer schools (and states), the CCSS do raise the bar ... and that is good. But for the better schools (and states), the CCSS are too low to serve as their own standards ... and that is good.
Malkin's flaw is that all "implementing" states still have the option of using standards much higher than the CCSS. So, the "implementing" states *are* setting their own standards ... at the CCSS level, or higher. So why are so many using the CCSS as *sufficient* standards?
- -------------------------------------------------- From: "Domenico Rosa" <DRosa@post.edu> Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2013 5:26 PM To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Rotten to the Core: War on Academic Standards
> Doesn't Malkin realize that the Common Core State Standards are a > continuation of the assorted reforms that were launched in 1989? > ================== > > http://michellemalkin.com/2013/01/23/rotten-to-the-core-obamas-war-on-academic-standards-part-1/ > > Rotten to the Core: Obama?s War on Academic Standards (Part 1) > by Michelle Malkin > Creators Syndicate > Copyright 2012 > > America?s downfall doesn?t begin with the ?low-information voter.? It > starts with the no-knowledge student. > [snip]