Saturday, January 04, 2014

John Stossel on Common Core

I have a lot of respect for John Stossel.  Over the years I have enjoyed many of his shows and his columns. 

John starts off the new year with some thoughts on Common CoreHis column starts with:

My TV producers asked our Facebook audience to vote for a topic they'd most like to hear discussed on my year-end show. The overwhelming winner, for some reason: the education standards program Common Core.

Most Americans don't even know what that is. But they should. It's the government's plan to try to bring "the same standard" to every government-run school.

This may sound good. Often, states dumb down tests to try to "leave no child behind." How can government evaluate teachers and reward successful schools if there isn't a single national standard?

But when the federal government imposes a single teaching plan on 15,000 school districts across the country, that's even more central planning, and central planning rarely works. It brings stagnation.

As they say, read the rest of the column.

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