June Atkinson: Common Core facts

October 14, 2013 

Regarding the Oct. 8 letter to the editor “Common Core propaganda”: I wonder where the letter writer is getting his information. His statements are simply not true.

The Common Core state standards are online and are available for anyone to review. I recommend that people get the facts, and I encourage people to pay attention to page 40 in the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts where it indicates that our students should be able to read and interpret the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Federalist papers and the Declaration of Independence. Also if you look at page 38 in the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts you will see that reading and understanding the classics are integral to the education of North Carolina’s children.

Another important skill we endeavor to teach our children is the difference between propaganda and facts.

June Atkinson

N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction

Raleigh

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