Pragmatist I do not agree with you on this, everything I have read about common core is shaky at best. It definitely has some pluses, but from what I can see it has too many minuses. Perhaps it is time to go back to the drawing board.
Perhaps my biggest concern is the definite possibility that it will be used by the left to program students rather than teach them. One of my biggest problems with teachers today is that too many of them teach students what to think, not how to think, not all of them but a large part. Is this a result of how they were taught in College?
Perhaps the best example is a teacher/scientist/MBA I had words with over scaring the 6th graders with the world is going to end because of man made global warming. After some discussion he admitted that the science is not conclusive, okay I am fine with that. Yet he continued to talk about the disaster of man made global warming, when we already know that the earth appears to be in a cooling cycle. I confronted him on this and told him his job was to teach how to think not what to think. Needless to say he went ballistic over that.
My other concern is when ever the federal governement gets involved is states rights we lose more of our freedom, the idea of a federal database of everything these children have done as students concerns me knowing what a bunch of slimeballs, both sides, we have in Congress and the white house. I just do not trust them.
When you see stories and hear interviews about "no wrong answers" and 2+2=3? as not being wrong I have a problem with that. Sort of like there are no losers only winners, and everybody gets a trophy. It creates mentally unstable adults, those that do not understand that there are winners and losers, that you cannot always win, and my favorite you do not have to take responsibility for your actions. One only has to look at Obummer to see the results there. Becasue there are no winners and losers there are no goals, when you feel you have been wronged you act like a juvenile (that has adult access) and start shooting up schools and movie theatres.
Yes I agree the education system is broken, but I do not believe that Common Core is going to help, just make things worse. That is why there needs to be state experiemnts, with no federal interruption, to try different approaches and adopt a solution that works. What are very successful schools doing? Perhaps it is time to have a dress code, uniform dress, more emphasis on the morla standars this country was built on. Something of that nature, I saw a TV story about a very successful school in Harlem, and although the district was a disaster this school was consistently outperforming all of the schools in the district. We are not taking advantage of these successes to create a solid ciriculum, apparently school boards are just blowing these off as no big deal. Much like Obummer pulling the plug on school vouchers in D.C. after his election. They were making progress and soon after the Superintendent left and of course the schools are starting to fail.
I do not have the answers but getting the federal governemnt involved it will be just another disaster.