Utah Republicans should embrace Common Core

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  • SaltLake Dad ,
    May 21, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    If there was an "agenda" that Common Core has, it is to make sure that students are better prepared for college. Ask any freshman college professor and they will tell you how much time they have to spend in remedial teaching before the students can take on actual college level courses, that is, if they haven't dropped out by then.

  • Oak Highland, UT
    May 18, 2013 3:35 p.m.

    Kraig, where's the research that Common Core is superior? One of the biggest lies promoted about Common Core is that it was "internationally benchmarked." No it wasn't. They were adopted while they were being drafted. Never tested, never benchmarked. Our 2007 math standards are superior to Common Core and get more children to algebra by 8th grade and calculus by 12th.
    At the GOP convention today I spoke with the owner of a Mathnasium business and he told me how business boomed as soon as Common Core math went into effect.
    I also spoke with 5 teachers or the spouses of teachers who indicate they hate Common Core and are being coerced into signing documents that they favor it. In one district, they have sent out emails to all the teachers asking "are you in?" Teachers are frightened for their jobs if they don't concur. This is so heavy handed.
    One junior high math teacher actually helped work the Utahns Against Common Core booth to show his opposition.
    The legislature was bypassed in adopting Common Core but it may be up to them to protect Utah children from its agenda.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    May 16, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    The "common core" is the minimum thus the state would be allowed to increase the requirements where they could.

    This allows the teachers latitude and freedoms they have enjoyed.

    Basically the "common core" will provide a base from which to work.

    Look at other countries requirements and they are much higher and the test scores also reflect the higher level of expectations. Students coming from the UK or Canada have all their math, English and science credits waived in a college undergraduate degree in Utah as they have already taken those classes...in high school.

    Thank you Rep Powell for being able to clearly point out the benefits of this program

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    May 15, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    My only concern with "Common Core", is that it is ONE Business who devloped the program, wrote the curiculm, and does all the Testing.

    It has the PERFECT Monopoly over the entire nation's education system.

    Let the conservative conspiracy theories continue....

  • Yorgus Manila, UT
    May 14, 2013 9:44 p.m.

    Rep. Powell, thank you for your thoughtful comments on the Common Core.

    The Common Core is neither a panacea for the ills of education, nor an evil plot promoting socialism. Ninety percent of the CC standards were already contained within the core curricula for Utah schools. Adoption of the CC allows student coursework to be more "portable" as students move with their parents from one state or district to another. CC is not meant to be the entire curriculum of any course; it is the minimum. It is at present fully developed for math and language arts only. There is no completed common core for science or social studies.

    It seems to me that those who rail against the common core speak mostly without knowing much about it.

    As a teacher, I would prefer to determine my own scope and sequence for my classes, but I recognize that there needs to be some standardization to accommodate and recognize student mobility.

    It is discouraging that Rep. Powell is one of the few voices of reason in the Utah legislature.

  • Sal Provo, UT
    May 14, 2013 3:56 p.m.

    The writer never talks about the content of Common Core; we should just support it because private industry supports it. Allow a few states to run it for a year or two before throwing support behind it.

  • The Hammer lehi, utah
    May 14, 2013 2:48 p.m.

    Common core doesn't contain an ounce of Republican idealism in it because it is not a state led initiative.   Common core will put the childs education and career path into the hands of the executive of the United States Who Under Common Core IsThe Only One Who Can Approve Curriculum Used Under NCLB waivers. Now I know that Bush Reagan and Nixon did bring agencies under the wing of the executive but that is not how Republicans should be doing business and it is certaintly not a repbulican ideal. Lets restore power to the states and stop having the executive branch of this country controlling everything from environmental issues to education.

  • Area 52 Tooele, UT
    May 14, 2013 1:56 p.m.

    I fully agree with DN Subscriber 2! Common Core is a joke and we (citizens) have been totally mislead by both Parties!

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    May 14, 2013 1:02 p.m.

    Given the product turned out by public schools under the management and direction of state boards of education, I consider their endorsement of Common Core as sufficient evidence that it should NOT be adopted.

    Well done legislators for refusing to be steam rolled on this issue despite the innocuous sounding name.

    The "government skool" program has proven to be badly flawed, and this curriculum does nothing to fix the basic problem that they are indoctrination camps, not educational institutions.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    May 14, 2013 11:43 a.m.

    If the common core was awful for the children of this state and public schools our legislature would be all over it.

    In support I should say...

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    They should disband and allow be either the tea party of the moderate reasonable people.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    May 14, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    From this article I gather that Common Core was a Republican idea (or at least developed in a way Republicans generally applaud – private sector, business supported, etc…) and until recently has been broadly supported by Republican lead legislatures around the country. But at some point Obama threw his support behind it as well.

    Hmmm… I think we’ve seen this movie before (e.g., individual mandate, cap & trade, etc…) and while the third act is still ahead of us, it’s not a stretch to predict how this movie will end.

    Republicans, once again driven by their paranoid fringe, will soon become allergic to it and Obama will be left to defend another rational and pragmatic Republican idea (making the allergy even worse).

    Given this knee jerk reality, here is a list of issues Obama should support next:
    AGW is a hoax, corporations are people, evolution is false (and science is from Satan), a fertilized egg is a person (social security cards given at conception), Islam is the true religion (wait, didn’t he already do this?), the right to own a bazooka or tank shall not be infringed, etc, etc, etc…

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    May 14, 2013 7:47 a.m.

    Actually, I couldn't care less about the content of Common Core. What I despise is requiring all teachers to teach any specific curriculum, especially one not developed by teachers.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    May 14, 2013 7:28 a.m.

    They won't because AM radio has brainwashed them into thinking that it is some federal government commie conspiracy.