Robert L. Wood: Razing standards

July 8, 2014 

The N.C. legislature wants a new commission to choose new educational standards for the state. The House wants to block the commission from even considering Common Core as these guidelines are drafted. Apparently, the House favors a “scorched earth strategy” to vanquish all traces of Common Core from N.C. schools.

Parents should be aware of what that could mean for their students. Here are a few examples of K-12 standards from

• Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

• Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

• Count to 100 by ones and by 10s.

• Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.

Does the House proposal mean these standards should not apply? What would our elected representatives replace them with? Have they even read the standards? It is time for parents to let their representatives know whether they like this scorched earth strategy or whether a more reasoned, incremental approach is called for.

Robert L. Wood


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