Monday, April 27, 2015

William Bennett: The Conservative Case for Common Core; other links to help you decide pro or con

"Federal intrusion and misleading rumors do a disservice to an effort that started in the states."

I have been knee-jerk opposed to CC, largely because of the cons about it, the federal intrusion in it, and those in this administration who support it, such as their efforts mentioned here: Feds Play the Race Card to Crush Parents’ Revolt Against Common Core.

Consider this an honest effort to understand Common Core and I can find no better source with which to do that than Mr. Bennett. At least now I know not to reject any candidate just because of his stand on Common Core. TD
"The same goes for math. Certain abilities—the grasp of fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios and the like—should be the common knowledge of all.
That's the fundamental idea behind a core curriculum: preserving and emphasizing what's essential, in fields like literature and math, to a worthwhile education. It is also, by the way, a conservative idea."
William J. Bennett

Wall Street Journal  "As the former Secretary of Education for President Ronald Reagan, I have been following the national debate over Common Core standards. The debate is getting hotter, but not always clearer. It's time to get clarity on some things that have been badly and sometimes mischievously muddled.

"Let's begin with the ideas and principles behind the Common Core. These educational principles have been debated and refined over decades. First, we can all agree that there is a need for common standards of assessment in K-12 education. And we can all agree that there are common and shared truths in English, literature and math. Think of "We hold these truths to be self evident" as emblematic.

"Nearly all Americans agree that to prepare a child for civic responsibility and competition in the modern economy, he or she must be able to read and distill complex sentences, and must be equipped with basic mathematical skills.
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. . . "The standards are designed to invite states to take control and to build upon them further. The standards do not prescribe what is taught in our classrooms or how it's taught. That decision should always rest with local school districts and school boards.

"The principles behind the Common Core affirm a great intellectual tradition and inheritance. We should not allow them to be hijacked by the federal government or misguided bureaucrats and politicos."

" Actually, Common Core supporters insist the the Core is a set of standards and not a curriculum."

 RedState sees it this way: Bill Bennett paid to pimp for Common Core

Previous Tunnel Wall posts on this subject:
You Won’t Believe What Common Core Testing Looks Like on Long Island

What are some Pros and Cons of the Common Core Standards?
 Students Start Summer School In Chicago - Tim Boyle/Getty Images News/Getty Images

"The full implementation of the Common Core Standards is has arrived. However, the true impact that they have on schools and education as a whole will not be known for several years. One thing that is for sure is this shift to a national set of standards will be revolutionary. They will also be highly debated. As the media continues to evaluate the significance of the Common Core, you can bet the debate will rage on. Here we examine some of the pros and cons of the Common Core Standards that will continue to be debated."  Read the full article here.

 Bill Whittle – Common Core Is Obamacare For Education 

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