Facing critics from both the left and the right, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo named a panel to try to fix the implementation of Common Core in the state.
Cuomo’s action comes after New York State United Teachers, the largest teachers union for the Empire State, joined the chorus of critics and called for a moratorium on the standards, saying there is too great a focus on testing.
New York is one of 45 states that has adopted the K-12 standards for math and English developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Common Core is touted by the Obama administration and national teacher unions as a way to prepare kids for the future, while critics say it is tantamount to national standards because the U.S. Department of Education incentivize states to adopt the standards to get federal dollars.
Last week, nine Republican senators introduced a resolution to prevent the Department of Education from making adoption of Common Core standards a requirement to receive federal school grants. But the bulk of opposition has come from Republicans in red states.
New York is among the bluest of Democratic-leaning states in the country. Yet, Cuomo – a Democrat and supporter of the standards – is being pushed to consider changes.
“The Common Core standards are a critical part of transforming New York’s schools, and the failure to effectively implement them has led to confusion and frustration among students and their families,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I urge the members of this panel to work speedily in bringing forward a set of actionable recommendations to improve the implementation of the Common Core.”
All you have to do is look at how Americans stack up against students from the rest of the world. We spend more per capita than any other industrialized nation on earth and get less back, because it all goes to bricks-and-mortar, administrator/teacher perks, salaries, benefits and retirement. I know, I used to belong to TIAA/CREF.
Interesting that the teacher's are upset about the "focus on testing"!! Testing reveals what a student knows or doesn't know and what he needs to learn. It's also damning evidence against substandard teaching methods. Considering the real problems with Common Core it's flabbergasting that the teachers are focused on this one thing that exposes them.
But what Common Core truly is, is an indoctrination and propaganda methodology. It's gotta go, and quick!
The Common Core idea is a solid one, but its implementation and evolution has been pretty terrible.
Common Core is full of revisionist history. Some curricula give one paragraph to George Washington but 17 to the first U.S feminist convention. Common Core aims to create "historical dislocation", a basic tool of stripping people from any connection to the meaning of their citizenship and self determination. It's real goal is to create a placid and compliant worker for this century.
Nothing solid comes from the federal government. There is nothing constitutional about a dept of education and it should be defunded.
Common core is merely political indoctrination similar to what the communists and other totalitarian nations have done
We spend to much money on Black schools with no results
I fear that there is a lot more to Common Core than math and English, and what is there is bad. Testing is certainly the definitive way to measure progress, but there are limits reguarding how many tests students have to contend with. National stndardized testing should be done no more than once a year. I don't know how often they are done in the schools now. We did them once a year when I was in grade school.
Any time a liberal tells you they want to “transform” something, run!
Not even a solid turd.
NY State had, and possibly the key word is 'had', the finest education system in the country. Its standards were set by the NY State Board of Regents. The system extended from kindergarten to the college level. While final exams in each subject were state exams, teachers had the freedom to vary their course material, as long as the basic needs of a subject were covered. The qualifications to become a teacher were at a high standard as well. Many teachers that I have met across the nation would not have qualified, especially those whose language skills were poor.
And then came 'Affirmative Action', with the obscenity of Remedial Reading as a college course.
Common core is nothing other then the government making up the truth .. American history will be found on the fiction shelves
Common Core, just another united nations agenda 21 communist attempt to destroy America, just as are many other agenda 21 programs, which by the way, many communities have adopted as good ideas without really understanding their real meaning and direction.
You cannot teach people who do not want to learn….
Evolution? You do realize Common Core had a(not-so) intelligent designer…right?