Monday, September 23, 2013

Common Core Support

In an attempt to address the political bluster that has infected the conversation regarding the common core efforts, Chester Finn Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli (both from the Fordham Institute) offer some common sense insights.  An interesting quote is the observation from Governor Rick Snyder: “I think the Common Core is a really important opportunity. ... Unfortunately, it’s been too much about politics. Too many people in our country ...are looking to fight someone for the sake of fighting.”

That quote is worth it’s weight in gold; some politicians (see prior post) are using Common Core in a hypocritical attempt to create controversy solely for political points. Facts and research mean nothing to this type of “politician,” only the red-meat sound bite matters. What is it about politics that attracts this type of person? More to the point, why do we keep electing them? Maybe we should pay more attention, and maybe we should call them on the facts, not the sound bite.... 

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