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Jerry P. Becker

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CCSS: Pros / Cons
Posted: Mar 4, 2013 5:34 PM
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From Richard Hake on the math-teach listserve, Monday, March 4, 2013.
Some subscribers to Math-Teach might be interested in a recent post
"The Contentious Common Core Controversy" [Hake (2013)]. The
abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: The Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
<> have engendered considerable
controversy - see e.g., "Resistance to Common Core standards growing"
[Strauss (2013)] at <>. Stimulated by Diane
Ravitch's (2013) admonition at <> "to think
critically about the standards," I searched Google for "Common Core
State Standards" to obtain 3,010,000 hits at <>
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

2. "Engineering Good Math Tests"[Burkhardt (2012)] at <>;

3. "How Common Core will change testing in schools" [Krashen (2012)]
at <>;

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 <>.

6. "Whoo-Hoo! Occupy the Schools" [Ohanian (2013)] at <>;

7. "Why I Cannot Support the Common Core Standards" [Ravitch (2013)] at

8. "Do We Need a Common Core?" [Tampio (2012)] at <>.


9. "Creating a Comprehensive System for Evaluating and Supporting
Effective Teaching" [Darling-Hammond et al. (2012)] at

10. "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 <>.

14. "Seizing the Moment for Mathematics" [Schmidt (2012)] at

15. "On Naked Standards - And Free Curriculum" Tucker (2012) at

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 <>. In a subsequent post I shall
discuss the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS)
<> and their relationship to the "Common Core
State Standards."

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
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