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Letter: Wrong About the Common Core

To the Editor:

In his March 20 Forum letter (“Education Is Not Information”), Paul D. Keane incorrectly describes the Common Core State Standards as a means of, among other things, turning public education into some kind of an “Information Delivery System.” He alleges that people behind the Common Core “want to turn the humanities into information and measure the delivery of literature, poetry, art and music.”

He is completely wrong about the Common Core. According to its website, the Common Core “is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. Forty-five states have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the Common Core. It replaces the current patchwork of academic standards that vary from state to state and do not agree on what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. Mastery of the standards is essential for success in college, career, and life in today’s global economy.”

Speaking as a retired high school mathematics teacher, I note that input from classroom teachers is prominently contained in the CCSS. An excellent three-minute narrated summary of the Common Core State Standards is online at http://vimeo.com/51933492.

T. Marll McDonald

White River Junction