A. Banfield and N. McCluskey: Common Core is not what its supporters claim it is
Let's start with Finn and Petrilli's argument that Granite Staters should embrace Common Core in part because the state "has already invested time and money to implement the new standards." Basically, Washington successfully coerced New Hampshire into sinking money into Common Core, so we had better stick with it.
The standards may or may not be high (subject-matter experts disagree) but Common Core offers no accountability or testing. Those come through federal laws to which the program is connected. Those laws also call for augmented data collection and other troubling things you've probably heard about, but not from Common Core itself.
Ann Marie Banfield is the education liaison at Cornerstone, a free-market think tank in Manchester. Neal McCluskey is associate director of the Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom and author of Behind the Curtain: Assessing the Case for National Curriculum Standards.
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