Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Contentious Common Core Controversy

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent post “The Contentious Common Core Controversy” [Hake (2013)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have engendered considerable controversy - see e.g., “Resistance to Common Core standards growing” [Strauss (2013)] at Stimulated by Diane Ravitch’s (2013) admonition at “to think critically about the standards,” I searched Google for “Common Core State Standards” to obtain 3,010,000 hits at on 03 March 2013 10:15-0800. Careful consideration of all those leads me to suggest the following sixteen as especially valuable:

1. “Eight problems with Common Core Standards” [Brady (2012)] at

2. “Engineering Good Math Tests” [Burkhardt (2012)] at;

3. “How Common Core will change testing in schools” [Krashen (2012)] at;

4. “Debunking the Case for National Standards: One-Size-Fits-All Mandates and Their Dangers” [Kohn (2010)] at;

5. “Do young kids need to learn a lot of facts? ” [Miller & Carlsson-Paige (2013)] at

6. “Whoo-Hoo! Occupy the Schools” [Ohanian (2013)] at;

7. “Why I Cannot Support the Common Core Standards” [Ravitch (2013)] at;

8. “Do We Need a Common Core? ” [Tampio (2012)] at

9. “Creating a Comprehensive System for Evaluating and Supporting Effective Teaching” [Darling-Hammond et al. (2012)] at;

10. “Standards Worth Attaining” Finn (2012) at;

11. “A Common Core Standards defense” [Hirsch (2013)] at;

12. “What English classes should look like in Common Core era” [Jago (2013)] at;

13. “International Lessons About National Standards” [Schmidt, Houang, & Shakrani (2009)] at

14. “Seizing the Moment for Mathematics” [Schmidt (2012)] at;

15. “On Naked Standards - And Free Curriculum” Tucker (2012) at;

16. “The Case for National Standards” [Weingarten (2009)] at

For an earlier review of the pros and cons of the Common Core Standards see “National Education Standards for the United States? ” [Hake (2009)] at In a subsequent post I shall discuss the “Next Generation Science Standards” (NGSS) and their relationship to the “Common Core State Standards. ”

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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"I have come to the conclusion that the Common Core standards effort is fundamentally flawed by the process with which they have been foisted upon the nation. . . . . They were developed by an organization called Achieve and the National Governors Association both of which were generously funded by the Gates Foundation. . . . . Their creation was neither grassroots nor did it emanate from the states. . . . . . it was well understood by states that they would not be eligible for Race to the Top funding unless they adopted the Common Core standards. . . . . "
- Diane Ravitch (2013) at

"The countries that consistently outperform the United States on international assessments all have national standards, with core curriculum, assessments and time for professional development for teachers based on those standards. . . . . Should fate, as determined by a student's Zip code, dictate how much algebra he or she is taught? . . . . Education is a local issue, but there is a body of knowledge about what children should know and be able to do that should guide decisions about curriculum and testing."
- Randi Weingarten (2009), president of the American Federation of Teachers at

"So much orchestrated attention is being showered on the Common Core Standards, the main reason for poor student performance is being ignored - a level of childhood poverty the consequences of which no amount of schooling can effectively counter."
- Marion Brady (2012) at

REFERENCES [URL shortened by and accessed on 03 March 2013.]
Hake, R.R. 2013. “The Contentious Common Core Controversy,” online on the OPEN! AERA-H archives at Post of 3 Mar 2013 11:01:22 to AERA-H and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists.

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