In reporting state Superintendent Jim Phares' defense of the standards to the Legislative Oversight Committee on Education Accountability, Daily Mail Reporter Shay Maunz was incorrect when she wrote "there has been very little controversy surrounding Common Core State(s) Standards in the education community."
In fact, across the country, progressive educators, concerned parents and education activists and students are having a lot of conversation about the standards.
Maunz could have found numerous blogs, research papers, opinion pieces and public debate about the impact - or lack thereof - the standards will have on student learning and achievement; how they will increase the amount of testing that students will be subjected to starting in pre-K; how federal dollars, corporate profits and "philanthropy" have bought the acquiescence of teacher unions, state policymakers and district administrators.
Common Core Standards are, at best, a solution looking for a problem. If the problem is how young learners in schools, districts, states and nations compare to each other on standardized tests, the standards might be a solution.
If the problem is how to divert more and more public dollars to private companies that are writing textbooks, software and tests, such standards are a solution.
But, if you are trying to create "a system where children are given the time, resources and support to pursue their interests and develop their passions; where we see young adults who are intelligent, engaged, and compassionate," the standards are irrelevant, a waste of lots of time and money - and most disturbingly, tell the world that "America believes that a curriculum patched together by 10 college administrators in 1892" is still the best foundation for an education.
And, that is no way to learn.