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Texas still nowhere near adopting Common Core

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POSTED: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 6:37pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 6:33pm

   Common Core critics are voicing strong opinions on the state standards initiative. Claiming it is getting rid of important material and not teaching the students important lessons and values. But, supporters of the initiative say it is much too early to judge.

   The program has not been adopted here in the state of Texas and the School Initiative Vice Chair for the State Board of Education Marty Rowly says that is a good thing.

   "I think our approach is much more beneficial and much more effective than common core," Rowly said.

   Critics of Common Core are wondering how much of the program is actually for the students benefit. When it comes to math, critics say the program believes in a 'critical thinking' approach that allows students to still score points even if the answer is wrong.

   Rowly said this is not the way it is done in Texas.

   "We promote critical thinking," Rowly said. But we also believe that there are, particularly in the area of math, right answers and wrong answers."

   Cathy Seeley is the Past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She says they promote more critical thinking because that is what will help them in the future.

   "I think it's fair to say that there's a much stronger emphasis on critical thinking because that's what employers are saying they need," Seeley said.

   Seeley also says it is extremely important for schools nation-wide to adopt a common program and it is too early to decide whether it is a good set of standards.

   "It's much too early to judge the common core," Seeley said. "Other than to say it's a good enough framework and improvement can happen and with a lot of states using it, it means the likely hood of getting high quality materials and good tests goes up."

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This is a helpful story, but I'm wondering how a paid journalist can get away with committing the grammatical errors that are present in your writing. Sentence fragment: "Claiming it is getting rid of important material and not teaching the students important lessons and values." Missing apostrophe (can you spot where it should be?): "Critics of Common Core are wondering how much of the program is actually for the students benefit." Kids, I hope your teachers are more competent than this.

Critical thinking is just a way of saying if you are wrong, no biggie.

Facts are facts and if students fail to memorize them and understand that to have to facts wrong is to make mistakes then all the 'critical thinking' in the world will not save them from catastrophe.

Now you can have this 'critical thinking' in subjective classes, such as art or poetry, but to do so in math, or biology, or chemistry is just foolhardy. In the sciences either you are wrong or right, no subjective stuff.

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