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Published: Tuesday, April 9 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Hamath
Omaha, NE

I'd agree that the common core standards are possibly good. I read the math Practice Standards and they are nice.
Read them before criticizing. Even just read them a little bit. I don't see enough evidence that those who are criticizing them are doing so in an informed manner.

At the same time, I'm nervous about big business (testing companies) getting involved and leading to a rote interpretation of the standards.

The Hammer
lehi, utah

The common core standards are not better than the current standards. They are less rigorous in math and about the same for reading and lit. The problem with common core is that it is a national programs and takes away the freedom of local districts, teachers, and elected school board from having a say in the schools curriculum. Teachers will end up being robots without the ability to mentor or tailor their classroom to their strengthens and childrens needs. Soon they will be no better than DMV clerks that are not really professionals anymore but paid bureacrats administering a government program.

Chuck E. Racer
Lehi, UT

The author is incorrect. The curriculum was put together and then sold to the Governors, who merely accepted it. We were NOT represented in its creation.

Thomas Jefferson in his letter to Joseph Cabell (Feb. 2, 1816) said, "But if it is believed that these elementary schools will be better managed by the governor and council, the commissioners of the literary fund, or any other general authority of the government, than by the parents within each ward, it is a belief against all experience."
Also by Thomas Jefferson, "What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and powers into one body..."

The important point is not the curriculum itself, but the fact that we are giving away control of our children's education to the central government. THAT'S SOCIALISM!

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Arguing over the common core is arguing over where the deck chair should be on the Titanic as it heads down to the bottom of the ocean.

Unless a real investment is made in education to pay teachers more, elevate salaries to attract and retain good teachers, integrate technology in the schools better and everywhere, improve infrastructure for many of our decaying schools and reduce class size, it doesn't matter what the curriculum is. We also need to make parents a especially students more accountable for their own learning as well and quit thinking teachers or some magical curriculum is going to solve the problem. Unless parents work with their students and students take ownership of their own learning, it won't matter...

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "The new core standards are not perfect, but they are so much better than the previous Utah standards that they should be enthusiastically endorsed."

Liberal blather.

The common core standards are less demanding, less understandable, less testable, less comprehensive, less flexible, and ultimately, less valuable than standards currently in effect in all districts I'm aware of.

But, the main problem with them is that they are less susceptible to local parental control than ANYTHING else out there.

Surrender of control over the content of our children's education to distant, unknown, unaccountable bureaucrats is the very definition of folly.

metisophia
Ogden, UT

The problem with the Common Core State Standards is not that the standards are bad. The problem is the money wasted on multiple choice tests that will not accurately assess what students will be learning how to DO because of the new core.

Fight the outrageous testing!

Grover
Salt Lake City, UT

Parents need to be in control of what is taught in school i.e. the three Rs? To my knowledge, the common core doesn't include sex ed. Are parents going to be around to protect their kids when their mediocre academic preparation limits their job prospects? CC is less demanding than Utah standards? Yesterday a soothsayer of the right proclaimed that their was a "law" that required that the CC standards could not be exceeded. What do these folks eat for breakfast anyway?

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