In an article in the Sunday New York Times by Diane Ravitch, “The Common Core Costs Billions and Hurts Students” Ms. Ravitch states, “. . . policy makers encouraged the firing of thousands of teachers and the closing of thousands of low-scoring public schools, mostly in poor black and Hispanic neighborhoods. . .”
“. . . it seems clear that the pursuit of a national curriculum is yet another excuse to avoid making serious efforts to reduce the main causes of low student achievement: poverty and racial segregation.”
The federal government, states and school districts have spent billions of dollars to phase in the standards, to prepare students to take the tests and to buy the technology needed to administer them online. . . Those billions would have been better spent to reduce class sizes, especially in struggling schools, to restore arts and physical education classes, to rebuild physically crumbling schools, and to provide universal early childhood education.”
“If we really cared about improving the education of all students, we would give teachers the autonomy to tailor instruction to meet the needs of the children in front of them and to write their own tests. We would insist that students in every school had an equal opportunity to learn in well-maintained schools, in classes of reasonable size taught by expert teachers.”
“What is called “the achievement gap” is actually an “opportunity gap.” What we need are schools where all children have the same chance to learn.”
Ms. Ravitch ends her commentary by saying that providing every child in America with an excellent education doesn’t require national standards however, if we adopt one “National” standard for education it should be that every child in America must receive a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens.
The “common core” of education must be to create a morally conscious, righteously motivated populous that recognizes and respects their own gifts and talents and the gifts and talents of others to be able to work together and bring peace to the world.
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