Common Core isn't suited for 21st century economy

2013-07-28T00:00:00Z Common Core isn't suited for 21st century economy nwitimes.com
July 28, 2013 12:00 am

Doug Ross's entire argument for keeping Common Core seems to be that adopting national standards will make Indiana more competitive in the global economy. Why, we don't know, because he never says. He just assumes. But here's why not.

In the first place, if bigger is better, why stop at national standards? Let's just make 'em global. Let's see how many Hoosiers go for that.

Second, it doesn't make any difference how common or widespread anything is if it's low quality. And Indiana is known as having among the best standards in the nation. They're even better than Common Core, according to several internationally known experts and even the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, which supports Common Core.

Third, the global economy does not create a world in which everyone has and does the same things.

The 21st century economy demands specialization and differentiation, which is the opposite of Common Core.

- Joy Pullmann, Education research fellow, Heartland Institute, Fort Wayne

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