Paul Reville, the former secretary of education for Massachusetts, recently said “the children belong to all of us” at a panel discussion at the Center for American Progress when discussing those who oppose Common Core.
“To be sure, there’s always a small voice – and I think these voices get amplified in the midst of these arguments – of people who were never in favor of standards in the first place and never wanted to have any kind of testing or accountability and those voices get amplified,” Reville said, according to CNS News.
Reville’s language is reminiscent of MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry in April of last year, when she said, “We have to break through that private idea that kids belong to their parents… kids belong to whole communities.”
Lindsey Burke, a Will Skillman Fellow in Education Policy at The Heritage Foundation, is opposed to this idea. “Common Core removes the ability of parents and teachers to direct academic content and will have a homogenizing effect on the educational choices available to families,” Burke remarks.
Sandra Stotsky, a professor at the University of Arkansas, also has concerns about Common Core, writing that “Common Core’s standards not only present a serious threat to state and local education authority, but also put academic quality at risk. Pushing fatally flawed education standards into America’s schools is not the way to improve education for America’s students.”
Forty-six states have adopted the Common Core curriculum since its creation in 2009.
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