10 Reasons You Should Care About The Common Core State Standards Initiative’s Draft English Language Arts Standards
September 30th, 2009 by Dan Meyer
Tom Hoffman, summarizing his gonzo fortnight of investigative blogging, concluding that Common Core's E/LA standards, adopted by all but Alaska and Texas, are woefully inadequate while overreaching scandalously:
My take on the situation is that as long as all stakeholders, including the states and federal Department of Education can agree that these are not internationally benchmarked English Language Arts standards, but cross-disciplinary literacy standards, and that they should not be seen as supplanting the English Language Arts standards and curriculum, and the various relevant memos and regulations can be updated to reflect that fact, then everything will be ok. Either that or they need to start over and write actual English Language Arts standards. Or we're just setting the stage for the next crisis in American educational standards, when people suddenly discover circa 2012 that our English Language Arts standards are scandalously lower than our global competitors'.