Pennsylvanians Against Common Core
Why is Common Core wrong for Pennsylvania?
- National control of school standards
- $650 million required to implement in PA
- CCS math standards will put PA’s students two years behind their peers in high-performing countries
- Parents and school boards will have no recourse to influence content or standards
- Undermines the US Constitution’s 10th Amendment authority of states over education
- Massive federal student tracking initiative instituted
Common Core is the culmination of many years of the expansion of national controls over what should be local educational issues. In the 1990’s proponents of national standards put forth a proposal that was so revisionist and politically correct that the US Senate voted 99 -1 for a bill (SR 66) that prevented its implementation. The proponents learned that in order for them to get new standards imposed they would need to impose the standards quickly and quietly and to start with less controversial subjects.
The current standards are limited to English and math, but will expand to include all subjects in coming years.Read more
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I believe the Common Core marks the cessation of educational standards improvement in the United States. No state has any reason left to aspire for first-rate standards as all states will be judged by the same mediocre national benchmark enforced by Federal government.Ze’ev Wurman
It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system, that a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.Justice Louis D. Brandeis