Required Readings: 16 June 2013
Happy father’s day, to our American readers! There is a theme to today’s RR: the Common Core Standards. CCS is a topic we are going to have to tackle around here sooner or later, my friends. May as well familiarize yourself with the basics:
June 9 NYT Opinion column from Andrew Hacker outlines some concerns about CCS
A June 9 op-ed by Delaware governor Jack Markell, with several bonus “Read more on this topic” links at the end
The Heritage Foundation latched on to the AFT piece with hysterical glee, announcing: “The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has joined groups like the Republican National Committee, the American Association of Christian Schools, the Home School Legal Defense Association, Tea Party groups, public policy organizations, and parents across the country in expressing concerns about Common Core national standards and assessments.” Except…I don’t really think so? You read Weingarten’s letter and let me know what you think of this characterization. Best part, the disclaimer at the end of the Heritage page: “CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post mischaracterized the American Federation of Teachers’ position on the Common Core standards. This post has been corrected to reflect the organization’s position.” What on earth must it have said pre-correction?