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Quotes: President Clinton Defends Common Core

Quotes2We cannot be disheartened by the forces of resistance to building a modern economy of good jobs and rising incomes, or to rebuilding our education system to give all our children a common core of knowledge necessary to ensure success... - Former President Bill Clinton, via USA Today's Greg Toppo

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I know a number of critics of the current design and implementation of the Common Core standards, and I don't know any who would disagree with the basic concept of giving "all our children a common core of knowledge."

Caroline is precisely on point in this comment. I was an early supporter of "giving all our children a common core of knowledge", signed up to that effect on the NGA/CCSSO website, and still am, for that matter; but this Common Core, particularly on its mathematical side, is not what was promised or what is being advertised, and it will not "ensure success" in international competition leading to good jobs. Intelligent states may well follow Minnesota's lead, and approve the English Language Arts standards (which are good, particularly in middle school), while sending the mathematics standards back for version two; although better still would be to jettison the very concept of a common core for upper secondary education, since their theoretical end point, a single "college and career readiness", is a notion with no correspondence in reality.

I think the debate over CCSS is totally unnecessary. The CCSS may not be perfect but they will set a foundation to benchmarking of K-12 education in the US. Over the years schools and educators have embarked up on routes that would help them secure more funding rather than raise the education standards of their schools. Going by the lowest denominator principle, education standards have declined over the years as compared to most developing and developed countries. I think instead of putting in so much effort in debating over the standards, the same energy could be invested in educating parents and students on what CCSS standards are and what the standards expect from Parents and Students.

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