The Heritage Foundation’s news blog The Foundry reports on the controversy raging in the state of Indiana over the Federal government’s common core curriculum standards:
Indiana today is a battleground for one of the Obama administration’s preferred prescriptions to improve public schools — uniform national education standards formally known as Common Core State Standards…Common Core began as a broad reform, dreamed up by the bipartisan National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, to provide a high-quality base of academic standards that any state in the country could choose to use. In 2010, Indiana became one of the first states to adopt the standards. By June 2012, 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, also began the implementation process.
Common Core already is woven into the fabric of American education. And where the words “Common Core” appear, protests are not far behind.
Resistance began at the individual level, with parents such as Heather Crossin, an Indianapolis mom of four. Crossin, now one of Indiana’s most vocal opponents of Common Core, asked her school’s principal why 8-year-old Lucy’s math homework suddenly focused on abstract concepts, even drawing pictures to solve problems, instead of practicing formulas.
“I assumed initially it was just a bad textbook selection. I found out that was not the case,” Crossin says…