The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions

Hugh Hewitt has a good article on Common Core based on conversations with proponents and opponents. His first point is that it is a “well-intended effort”, hence the title of this post. Other points:

  • Common Core is perceived as a dumbed-down “ceiling” by some, an ideological imposition of federal standards by others, and an ideological exercise by many.
  • Political momentum against the Common Core is large and growing
  • The overreach of the Obama Administration is greatly resented
  • the collection of [student] data which could possibly be misused by government in the future … is hitting at exactly the wrong time
  • There is very little upside and enormous downside for center-right politicians to be pro-Common Core.
  • There is very little political upside for Common Core as teachers’ union are at best ambivalent about it.
  • Local school board members and administrators should be prepared to pause and listen to criticism as the anti-Core movement spreads

1 thought on “The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions

  1. I’m constantly amazed at the number of people (including elected school board people) who have either not heard of CC or slip right into spouting the NH DoE party line. The point that has never been sufficiently made is HOW did they know these new national standards would be more rigorous when they approved them sight unseen and,critically, they never had been piloted anywhere? Secondly, no cost analysis has ever been done. What are we taxpayers on the hook for?

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