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Mains’ Analogy Clears Up Common Core

December 25, 2013

To The Reader’s Forum: This is a note of appreciation to The Post-Journal and especially to JPS Superintendent Tim Mains for the superb article he wrote on the Common Core Learning Standards....

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Jan-20-14 2:51 PM

Why pay attention to the fox left guarding the hen house? One major problem with education (as opposed to other social institutions) is the bandwagon effect on leaders: "if this is where things are going, so should we." The common core is an imposition on local control of education; yes, there is a need for some centralized sandards, but not from the top down. In, e.g. Finland, curriculum is given in very general terms; teachers, as professionals, put flesh on those bones. And, there are NO HIGH STAKES TESTS for 12 years of schooling (except for college qualification exams--yet almost everyone qualifies for some advanced degree). Imagine, teachers allowed to be professionals."National standards" as guidelines, not as prescriptions for teach to the test. What's wrong, NY: you've been through the routine of Regents preparation where the curriculum from January to June is Regents Review books. Wake up.

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Dec-31-13 7:30 AM

A tea-tard is an idiot that jumped on the bandwagon of hate and incoherence. Forging a political ideology that was based on ignorance of fact or history.

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Dec-28-13 7:54 AM

What's a tea-tard? Is it anything like the bereft-left?

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Dec-26-13 5:25 PM

How did the Post Journal let that letter slip through? What will all the tea-tards be able to complain about now? After all, the only schoolin' they need is to count to U, S, and A.

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