Stossel argues that Common Core creates new problems for kids

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NEW YORK – John Stossel discusses Common Core and why it lacks the flexibility that kids need.

He writes:

stosselMy TV producers asked our Facebook audience to vote for a topic they’d most like to hear discussed on my year-end show. The overwhelming winner: the education standards program Common Core.

It’s the government’s plan to try to bring “the same standard” to every government-run school.

This may sound good. Often, states dumb down tests to try to “leave no child behind.” How can government evaluate teachers and reward successful schools if there isn’t a single national standard?

But when the federal government imposes a single teaching plan on 15,000 school districts across the country, that’s even more central planning, and central planning rarely works. It brings stagnation.

Education is a discovery process like any other human endeavor. We might be wrong about both how to teach and what to teach, but we won’t realize it unless we can experiment — compare and contrast the results of different approaches. Having “one plan” makes it harder to experiment and figure out what works.

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