Download: ‘Common Core’ Debate


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Common Core standards, which aim to set clear, consistent goals for what students should learn in certain subjects, have been highly scrutinized despite being adopted by 45 states, including Ohio.

Critics have said the guidelines are flawed.

WUNC 91.5, a public radio station in North Carolina, published a list of misinformation clouding the debate.

The article stated one “myth” is that people think Common Core is a “federal takeover of education.”

However, it was developed by The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, and both groups say the efforts were state-led with involvement from educators and experts.

Some also worry Common Core gives teachers less flexibility.

WUNC 91.5 reported teachers still have control over the curriculum, as long as they work with students to meet the determined goals.

Ohio adopted the Common Core standards for Math, English, Social Studies and Science in 2010.

Schools will officially implement the goals in the 2014-2015 school year, although the Department of Education encouraged the standards to be adopted earlier.

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