One hears much about the new “Common Core” proposals coming out of Washington, D.C. these days, and before concluding all is well, a careful look at the facts should be undertaken.
First, countless interventions in local education over the past 50 years have produced no real progress in education on the one hand while driving up costs almost beyond imagination! Item 1: One year of public or private college education in the late ‘50’s cost one about $1,000/year, this before the federal government became involved at all in education. Now it is well known that same year can cost from a minimum of $5,000 public to $25,000 up in private schools. Item 2: From a near zero total debt of graduates in the late ‘50’s, we are now told by government figures that total student debt from student loan programs today is in excess of one trillion dollars!
Second, countless federal programs since have come and gone, Spurt, Goals 2000, No Child Left Behind, etc., etc., all of which have raised costs significantly while having little if any impact on the overall quality of education!
So..., the “Common Core” effort is just another top-down program destined to prove costly and ineffective, to say the least, while on the other hand, threatens to interfere or even destroy the bottom-up system which has been a basic ingredient in America’s rise to the top of all nations on earth! I, for one, based on my 50 years plus in the classroom say “Avoid at all costs!” Let’s keep instead the remarkable success of our past system of local districts producing productive citizens reflecting local values, all of which combine in the end to make our country the greatest on earth!