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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Common core standards proposal released today, March 10

Common core standards proposal released today, March 10

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The proposed common core standards were released today, Here's an article in the New York Times that covers the basics pretty throughly. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/11/education/11educ.html A piece on Edweek delves a little deeper, pulling out some of the specific language http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/03/10/25common_ep.h29.html [quote]In 62 pages, the English/language arts standards aim to “lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person in the 21st century,” able to tackle complex works of literature and nonfiction, sift critically through the masses of information available online, and marshal evidence to build compelling arguments. [/quote] and for mathematics [quote]The 71-page mathematics standards attempt to avoid the charge of “mile-wide, inch-deep” treatment of the subject by carving out key ideas and emphasizing conceptual understanding of them, and placing a premium on students’ ability to explain math problems, not simply compute them. [/quote] These standards are open for public comment until April 2!! http://www.corestandards.org/ If you are interested in this important issue, be sure to weigh in at the link above before then.

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Betty Ray
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Common core standards supporters say that these standards will improve education by setting higher expectations and creating a unified benchmark across all states against which we can measure. Those who don't support them say that core standards simply fuel the testing mania that's already harming our educational system and miss the point that students learn differently.

Here's a story we published on Edutopia about the Chugach School District in Alaska, which scrapped the idea of grade levels and helps students move through the standards at their own pace: http://www.edutopia.org/chugach-school-district-reform. (Alaska and Texas were the two states that refused to participate in producing these core standards.)

There's also an article in the Washington Post today about how the danger of rigid, grade-level-specific standards is that they don't allow for personalization. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/national-standards/the-pro...

Honestly, I've looked around for a while here and cannot seem to find a story in support of them! So if you know of one, please post it here so we can have a balanced report!

What do you think of the notion of core standards? Is this realistic? Will it work? I'm impressed that they're seeking teacher feedback, so I'm hoping anyone and everyone who has an opinion on this will speak up.

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