Yesterday, Tennessee SCORE sent a series of myth-busting tweets related to the Common Core.
I’ve collected them here because they are helpful in understanding what the Common Core is (and isn’t).
Myth #1: The Common Core is a Curriculum
Fact: The Common Core is a set of standards which set expectations for what students should know.
Myth #2: Common Core = Dumbing Down.
Fact: Common Core is more rigorous than Tennessee’s old standards.
Myth #3: Common Core Compromises Student Data.
Fact: Information tying student to data cannot be released.
Myth #4: Common Core Means Students Won’t Read Mark Twain
Fact: Teachers will teach classics, as they always have.
This is a well-done rebuttal of some of the more common anti-Core arguments.
SCORE has done a more thorough myth/fact sheet and you can find it here.
Groups and individuals from across the political spectrum have endorsed the Common Core as the basics our students need in order to be college and career ready. It’s got bipartisan support and buy-in from 46 states.
How each state implements the Common Core will make the difference in its success there, but the guiding principles are solid and the potential for positive change is strong.