I am dismayed that you could print as many mistakes as there were in your Nov. 20 Common Core editorial. Your editorial stated that “local teachers, principals and superintendents, as well as education experts in every state worked together to create Common Core.”
Wrong! The standards were spearheaded by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers – non-profit, private trade organizations. The standards writing committee included professors, but no teachers, principals, early childhood development experts, child psychiatrists or pediatricians. There was no state, parent, community or legislative involvement. There were no public hearings or reviews.
States were bribed to participate in Common Core with promises of exemption from No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top funding. States had to commit to Common Core before the standards were even written.
Your article states that Common Core “does not dictate how teachers should teach.” When there is nationalized testing to ensure schools are meeting the standards, of course it will! Teachers are forced to teach to the test.
Today in Fort Mill schools, elementary math is taught in a completely different manner that is repetitive, cumbersome and confusing. Fort Mill is using Digits in middle school. From Pearson Publishing, Digits absolutely dictates how teachers should teach. Pearson owns 80 percent of the U.S. textbook market and is 100 percent behind Common Core. Pearson’s owner, Sir Michael Barber, has a very radical approach to world politics and is making a fortune off of Common Core.
It is time that parents, teachers, school administrators and journalists research the dubious agenda behind Common Core, its controversial origins, its untested and absurd methods, and its data collection. If we wait, it will be increasingly difficult to withdraw. By then, how many years of our children’s education will be lost?
Susan Certo is a resident of Tega Cay.