Four things you should know about the Common Core standards:
1. They've been adopted before they were even completed. I guess we had to adopt the standards before we could know what's in them.
2. They remain very controversial among education researchers and subject matter experts (since there are no social studies standards yet [see Nr. 1 above] I can only examine the English/Language Arts standards that overlap Social Studies, because it is in that field that I am a subject matter expert. They are bad. I will do a detailed analysis soon.
3. They are not going to work as advertised because they are too extensive, and they are delusional in the expectations of teacher time and the realities of student preparation for them.
4. Even the people who wrote them are already hedging their bets (while collecting consulting dollars for selling them); see quotation in BOLD:
Tim Shanahan, a University of Illinois professor who helped write part of the standards, was a featured speaker at the conference.
Shanahan said the Common Core will raise expectations for students, something the U.S. badly needs to compete with the world.
“Standards don’t raise achievement,” Shanahan said. “But we can address the the standards with energy and wisdom in ways that can raise achievement.”Common Core standards will not destroy American public education (the Federal government was already doing an excellent job with that), but they will not improve it dramatically. It will be another multi-million/billion dollar boondoggle.