“Stop fed ed.” “Rotten to the core.”
These have become battle cries of opponents of the Common Core State Standards, a national list of school benchmarks for K-12 students set to go into full effect in the 2013-2014 school year in Maryland.
The standards, adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, aim to make students better prepared for college and careers by setting clear goals for reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics in school.
So, what’s the problem with Common Core? Tea Partiers, disgruntled parents and some teachers oppose what they see as increased centralization and teaching to the test. They also say schools’ technology lags behind what’s needed to assess the standards.