Monday, September 9, 2013

The "core' or the whole thing?

Sent to the Oregonian, Sept 9.

Limiting grades only to "academic mastery" ("Missing homework, late assignments matter little, as Oregon schools grade exclusively on academic mastery," Sept. 7) means limiting school only to preparation for tests based on the standards.

It means, in other words, that the "common core" is not just the core, not just the basic minimum that all students should learn. Rather, the common core is the whole thing. Gone are all other goals of education, including the goal of helping students discover their interests and explore ideas.

Stephen Krashen

Hat-tip: Ashley Hastings

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