Nov. 8, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Francis De Luca (919) 834-2099 Francis.DeLuca@nccivitas.org
RALEIGH – Civitas Institute President Francis X. De Luca has expressed disappointment that the North Carolina Bankers Association passed a resolution supporting the North Carolina Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
“It’s unfortunate that the Bankers Association is the latest group to be taken in by Common Core,” De Luca said. “The idea of higher standards sounds good on the surface, but in fact Common Core is full of problems.”
In 2010 the North Carolina State Board of Education unanimously adopted national Common Core Standards (CCS) in English and mathematics. They are meant to better prepare students for college or careers and make American students more competitive with those in other countries.
“Students are graduating from high school without the skills they need to compete,” Thad Woodard, NC Bankers Association President and CEO, said in a press release. “We need these [Common Core] goals so that we can start getting our kids—and future employees—where they need to be.”
“Common Core may have good intentions, but it is badly flawed,” De Luca said. “There’s no evidence that national standards are better and actually help students. Many of the methods it touts are untested. Overall, Common Core is a ‘one-size-fits-all’ plan that would more likely reduce education goals to the lowest common denominator, while undermining local control of schools. Uniformity is not a recipe for excellence.”
“We urge other North Carolina business leaders to examine Common Core State Standards much more closely before endorsing this misguided notion,” De Luca said.
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