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

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Should the common core be the law of the land?

Sent to the New York Times, Jan. 7, 2016

Thomas Friedman ("Up with extremism," January 6) thinks that the Common Core standards should be the law of the land, a view he admits is "extremist."  While advocates are quick to interpret any increase in test scores as support for the Common Core, there is no legitimate scientific evidence that the standards have helped students "meet ... higher level skill levels" nor has any plan been announced to see if the standards help students learn more.

Friedman's view is not only extremist, it is uninformed.

Stephen Krashen


  1. Low-income students have been poorly served by NCLB, and now by ESSA.


  2. Anonymous1:30 PM


    Low-income students have been poorly served by NCLB and now ESSA

  3. http://newbostonpost.com/2016/01/08/deliberately-deceiving-the-public-on-common-core/