We’ve been hearing much about the Common Core standards of late, and for good reason. The ideas that motivated the standards and the way the changes have been implemented have raised many important questions. For example: What are Common Core Standards and why are they necessary? Have the new standards been tested and how will they change how subjects are taught? Who will pay for the changes? What will the move toward a national curriculum mean for the ability of states and local communities to influence how their children are taught? Unfortunately, most of us don’t know the answers to these questions. Yet the Common Core Standards continue to be implemented in schools across North Carolina and forty-five other states.
Last fall the American Principles Project produced an informative DVD that answers these questions and highlights many of the problems surrounding Common Core Standards. View the five videos on You Tube or buy all five on DVD.
If you’re a parent, teacher or an average citizen, you need to know about Common Core and its impact on North Carolina’s public schools. If you have a comment or a question about these changes, please share it with us.