Tom Shown: No alternative to Common Core

June 19, 2013 

Scary standards

Regarding Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s comments in the June 5 article on the Common Core State Standards and his related YouTube video: I do appreciate his concern and apprehension of the CCSS being implemented in our state.

If you doubt his wisdom, go online and look at the standards yourself. For example, the 10th K-12 anchor standard for reading states, “Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.” If that doesn’t give one pause, consider the third for speaking and listening: “Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.” Why would any state adopt such rich, thoughtful and demanding educational standards when there is YouTube?

Conspicuously absent from Forest’s remarks were suggestions of alternative approaches. His idea of leadership consists of dismantling and destruction of our most precious institution: public education.

Tom Shown, Raleigh

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