"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Thursday, April 24, 2014


The AP reported that according to a recent poll, 7 out of 10 Californians support the common core.  Those who took the poll first read a description of the common core:
“The Common Core State Standards are a single set of K–12 English language arts and math standards that most states, including California, have voluntarily adopted. The state leaders who developed the standards say they are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school have the knowledge and skills they need to enter college programs or the workforce. In general, do you favor or oppose these standards?”  (Public Policy Institute of California)
This must be the most biased poll ever done. Only 19% said they were very familiar with the common core. This description, devoid of meaningful detail, made them even less informed.
For an alternative, please see: Multiple Choice Quiz on US Education (The Progressive, 1/26/13)  S. Ohanian and S. Krashen http://sdkrashen.com/articles.php?cat=4

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