I usually just provide a link through to Professor Stephen Krashen's posts, but this one merits full reproduction here.
NEA president Dennis Van Roekel has asked: "If you don’t want it (common core), what do you want instead?"
The question assumes that something is seriously wrong with American schools and that schools need to be fixed. We are always working to improve teaching, but there is no crisis in teaching. The real crisis is poverty.
What I want instead is:
- Dump the CC$$ (for a quick summary of arguments, please see: http://skrashen.blogspot.com/2013/06/common-cores-claims-are-false.html
- protect children from the impact of poverty by investing more in food programs, health care, and libraries.
- pay for 2. by reducing testing. A lot.