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Common Core unproved

Our nation’s states are blindly adopting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This national initiative rambles on without any evidence to support its efficacy. This movement to reform schools in the United States is being driven largely by ideology, rhetoric and dogma instead of any evidence.

Keep in mind, the CCSS were never, that is never, field-tested in any classroom in the U.S. The vendors of the CCSS will gross over $3 billion in revenue just printing, selling and grading the CCSS mandatory classroom tests.

Public education falls into the political arena. Now is the time for all of us citizens to call on our congressional and state political officeholders to put education back in the hands of the respective states. Our local school boards, administrators and teachers need to focus on specific classroom and student needs. The time for action is now.

Donald Orlich

Pullman


 

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