Some subscribers to Math-Learn might be interested in a recent post "The Contentious Common Core Controversy" [Hake (2013)]. The abstract reads:
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 standards," I 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:
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 discuss the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS) <http://bit.ly/y1gJPx> and their relationship to the "Common Core State Standards." ***************************************************
"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>
"The countries 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." - Randi Weingarten (2009), president of the American Federation of Teachers at <http://wapo.st/XbIJ6K>.
"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 2013.] 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.
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