A High School Student’s View of the Common Core

Diane Ravitch's blog

Abby White is a junior at Shaker Heights High School in Ohio and an editor at her high school newspaper. She researched the Common Core, read the standards, interviewed faculty, and developed her own views about their strengths and weaknesses.

She wrote this article for her school newspaper, the Shakerite.

She has done more research than many newspaper reporters, who like to quote what people say for and against the Common Core, without deigning to read them. She works harder to understand and explain the subject than many people twice her age.

Without spoiling her effort to analyze the standards, I present here her biggest concern: how do we know they will measure up to all the promises?

She writes:

“That’s like devising a new surgical method to fix a man’s heart condition, not testing that method, and going ahead with the surgery anyway. I can’t speak for anyone…

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3 Responses to A High School Student’s View of the Common Core

  1. Thanks for spreading the word, David! Principals are so critical in integrating ECE into the K-12 system, and preserving play-based learning. You might enjoy this old piece of mine, at HuffPost: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-ochshorn/attacking-the-achievement_b_862831.html Here in NYC, where we’re implementing universal pre-K, principals will be getting some training in the fundamentals of early childhood development–so important to getting this right.

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