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Backlash against Common Core education standards surfaces in Colorado

Backlash against Common Core education standards surfaces in Colorado

Backlash to implementation of new education standards known as the Common Core has begun to surface in Colorado, following about two dozen other states that have raised concerns about both the content and the high-stakes testing that comes with it.

A group that describes itself as a collection of concerned moms in Fort Collins has networked with others around the state to express misgivings about the standards, which provide a grade-by-grade framework aimed at improving college and workforce readiness.

Critics fear it will foster mediocrity.

“The concern was that the Common Core was going to be sort of a race to the middle,” said Cheri Kiesecker, describing the issue that mobilized her and other Fort Collins parents.

Those worries turned into a draft bill to put the brakes on implementation for one year pending a review by an independent panel that would assess the standards, hold public hearings and do a cost-benefit analysis. Sen. Vicki Marble, a Fort Collins Republican, agreed to carry it.

But while those protesting the Common Core stress that they’re pushing a nonpartisan issue, they say they have found zero Democratic support and suspect that without it, the bill would go nowhere. Marble, the only listed sponsor so far, was not available for comment Monday. She planned a Tuesday press conference to talk about the issue.

Sen. Michael Johnston, D-Denver, has met with some of the concerned groups and said he thinks there’s “a lot of misunderstanding” about the standards and that “different sets of concerns somehow were cobbled together under the flag of Common Core.”

“We’ve had standards in Colorado before that balance local autonomy over curriculum to a state goal of what kids should know,” he said. “The same is true of Common Core, only we’re able to share best resources and practices across states.”

Colorado adopted the Common Core for math and language arts in 2010 as part of an integration with revised state standards in other areas that already had been in the works. Proponents say the standards are more rigorous and require higher-level thinking.

The integrated standards were approved
Read more: Backlash against Common Core education standards surfaces in Colorado – The Denver Post  Kevin Simpson

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  1. Common core is more educationist balderdash. Rote learning of basic math facts – verboten! Nonsense problem solving, regardless of the accuracy of the solution – that’s great! If you think the “new math” was just plain idiotic (and my children suffer from it to this day well into their thirties), you will really get incensed the more you learn about Common core.

  2. i have read some of the complaints from other states. common core will not make our kids smarter in the world to come. A lot of it is controlling the kids and making them believe a certain way. school should be for math, reading, science. what we have today is a bunch of the liberal teachers teaching their point of view in the classes. this is not what our school are all about.

  3. Common Core does usurp local control of curriculum.

  4. Children are not widgets to be “processed”.

    Each one is a unique individual with her/his own strengths and weaknesses, and a score on a standardized test is not indicative of a child’s worth.

  5. The Common Core curriculum is lowering the class down so that every student is equally lacking.

    What was wrong with the old curriculums? I think they should have went back to the basic curriculums.

  6. Before making a decision about the common core standards, please read them! Educators have been liberals for decades. Most conservatives who post on these forums were taught by liberal teachers. The vast majority of teachers want their students to be able to access information from a variety of viewpoints and to be able to think critically to develop their own opinions. As a liberal educator I don’t want my students or even my own children to be blind followers. I want my students and children to be able to take information from multiple viewpoints and make informed decisions. Respecting and understanding other viewpoints is what makes this country great. Let’s not forget this when debating the value of common core. Instead let’s look at the standards and determine their value after being informed. If they are not rigorous enough, local districts are free to improve upon them. Please know that educators are not going to have this huge conspiracy to brainwash our children. Most educators become teachers to make a difference in children’s lives, not to make them think a certain way. If you don’t believe this, you are letting conspiracy theories get the best of rational thought.

  7. All the countries which clean our clock on every measure of achievement have a national curriculum with national standards, and a national Commissioner of Education.
    If your tooth aches, you go to the dentist.
    If you have a serious rash, you go to the doctor.
    They are the experts.
    Listen to the teachers, people.

  8. To SimSim,
    As usual, Liberals think every one else is not educated or informed about the issues.
    Page 6 of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics states: “Mathematically proficient students check their answers to
    problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, “Does this
    make sense?” They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex
    problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.”
    Well our Grade A children are saying Common Core mathematics doesn’t make sense to them and their test scores are dropping. The were A students with the math we all new as standard and made sense before Liberals imposed a untested method on all the States without their review.
    “An a little Child will lead them”

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