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Common Core: More crud

| Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

More evidence that top-down, one-size-fits-all Common Core school standards lower the academic bar, especially in math, is provided by two educators who served on Common Core's Validation Committee but refused to sign off on the national standards.

Why? Because with the exception of a few standards in trigonometry, the math component ends after Algebra II and includes no precalculus or calculus, says James Milgram, a professor of mathematics emeritus at Stanford University.

And based on the government's own data, students who went no further than Algebra II have less than a 40 percent chance of earning a four-year college degree, according to the Pioneer Institute, a public policy think tank.

So it comes as no surprise that William McCallum, a lead writer for Common Core's math standards, told a meeting of mathematicians, “The overall standards would not be too high, certainly not in comparison to other nations, including East Asia, where math education excels,” according to Sandra Stotsky, Ph.D., a professor emerita at the University of Arkansas, who also served on the Validation Committee.

Nevertheless, 46 state boards of education, including Pennsylvania's, signed off on the Common Core standards. It's doubtful any asked faculty at their own high schools, or higher-education institutions, to analyze the program's definition of college readiness, writes Stotsky.

Those who so blindly endorsed this dreck all deserve dunce caps.

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