Common Core Curriculum a dying initiative
April 29, 2013 11:59 PM | 1742 views | 4 4 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

It would have been folly for the Cobb school board to spend $7.5 million on new math textbooks aligned with the Common Core national standards.

For one thing, because the Common Core math curriculum has been used less than a year, we have no test scores or other data yet showing that it’s effective. (This is a particular concern in light of expert opinion that Common Core will in fact disadvantage our children, placing them about two years behind students of high-achieving countries by 8th grade.)

For another, it is by no means certain that Common Core will even be taught in Georgia schools for much longer. Support for local rather than centralized control — and therefore, for withdrawal from Common Core — is building across the state and in the legislature. To sink that kind of money into books that might be useless in another year would hardly be good stewardship of the taxpayers’ money.

Nationwide, the wheels are coming off the Common Core wagon. At least six states have active legislation to withdraw from the standards, two others have withdrawn from the national tests, and the arguments of the Common Core proponents have withered in the light of day. The only argument they have left was that we shouldn’t withdraw now, because we’ve already spent so much money on Common Core compliance.

Could that be the real reason some were in such a hurry for Cobb to invest such tremendous sums in a dying initiative?

Tanya Ditty

Cobb County
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Tony Cain
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May 01, 2013
"It would have been folly for the Cobb school board to spend $7.5 million on new math textbooks aligned with the Common Core national standards."

This is one of the best opening remarks I've ever read.

Well, the school board got nearly $800 million of our money, and only about 5% of the registered voters put it in, and now they have to figure out some way to spend nearly a billion dollars. Here is the first effort.

J Barton
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April 30, 2013
Thanks, Ms. Ditty, for your letter. The facts are that states across the country are pulling out from both the Common Core standards and the associated tests. National standards can only be national if ALL the states choose to participate. Common Core is being driven from the Federal level. It should be up to the states and local communities to decide what is best for their children. Education experts on the original Common Core committee refused to sign off on Common Core because the standards were inferior. Do we really want to lower the expectations for our children to make the results "more COMMON?" The same experts stated that previous GA standards were superior to Common Core. Let's return to the better standards for the future of our children.
AmericanMale
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April 30, 2013
To be fair to the Cobb school board, they are stuck with the decision for Common Core made by the state. CCSD has no choice but to comply unless they don't mind doing without state funding (MILLIONS!).

The textbooks issue, though, is NOT solely Common Core!

To put it in math terms, Common Core is a only subset of the content of the textbooks.

Sweeney asked (in a meeting last week) whether the books would be chosen as text books if Common Core didn't exist. The answer was 'yes'.

Hopefully, people can separate the two issues, resolve to work in opposition to Common Core at the state level, yet provide teachers and students the books (and collateral materials) they need to keep Cobb's educational achievements high!
Laura Armstrong
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April 30, 2013
Excellent letter. Thank you. Legislators, are you reading this? You should be, and then see who is behind Common Core and tell Gov. Deal he's on the wrong side of history, patriotism and free thinking on this one.
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