National Academic Standards

One of the original claims of Common Core, although you don’t hear it as much now with the Common Core Standards dropping like flies in state after state, was to give uniformity from state to state so that we could be sure students everywhere were learning up to par and that students in military families could move from state to state without missing out on important pieces of their education.  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation even funded a brochure to make sure military families knew how wonderful Common Core was for their children.

Questions have been raised about whether it was actually possible to achieve this goal of uniformity from state to state and whether it was even truly desirable.

Steven Singer does an amazing job of exploring these questions in “National Academic Standards – Turning Public Education into McSchools”.  You may or may not agree with his final conclusion (spoiler – he thinks National Academic Standards are a terrible idea and I agree with him) but the really interesting part is what you might discover along the journey to his conclusion.

Be sure to check out as many of the hyperlinks as you can while you are reading Mr. Singer’s article.  I found the article from early 2014 about how private schools liked the Common Core Standards since they could pick bits and pieces, the parts that worked for them, particularly interesting.