Common Core yields odd political allegiances

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 9, 2014 4:50 p.m.

    Champions run independent.

    The common collective restricts.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 7, 2014 6:42 p.m.

    Just two of many examples why government should not be in charge of education:

    * Head Start program did not lower the number of people living in poverty.
    * Government has poor math skills, and cannot balance a check book.

  • Chuck E. Racer Lehi, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 3:11 a.m.

    The reporter says that CCSS is not federal and not a curriculum. Well, it is based out of Washington D.C. It is controlled by one group for the whole country. It is required for federal funding. That is de facto federal.

    What the standards are, and particularly the way the tests are formatted, completely drives the curriculum. So to say that it is not federal and not a curriculum is merely semantics. By everything that counts it IS federal and it IS the curriculum for every school in America.

    And, despite what the proponents say, it is no more "higher level thinking" or "deeper understanding" than anything we were doing before. It's merely more of what NCLB was - national takeover of what were once the local community's schools and prerogative.

  • Chuck E. Racer Lehi, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 2:53 a.m.

    The bottom line is, will education be better more centralized or not. Will having one group in Washington D.C., who will of necessity ignore local and state concerns, give us a stronger educational system because it is standardized nation-wide? Or will having each state go through the process, and comparing against each other's successes and failures, provide a better product even though not exactly the same? How important is it to do it exactly the same in every state?

    I believe history shows that the United States is stronger because we are made up of 50 states that are free to do things differently. The states are laboratories in governing, where we each can compare and contrast between what works and what doesn't. Centralization is not the answer. No one group will have all the answers. If the whole country follows only one group's "standards," sooner or later we will all go over the cliff together. Diversity of thought is very important.

    I find it hard to understand why the CCSS supporters, who rightly reject NCLB, think the answer is MORE of the same thing! Eliminate both!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 5, 2014 5:43 p.m.

    Education should be handled by teachers, parents, and school administrators. Period!

    Everything else is a waste of time, and expense.