How disingenuous that the head of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce would write a letter (“Common Core debate poses a simple choice” April 24) extolling the virtues of the Common Core State Standards when he has no experience in the field of education and child development.
I have greater faith in these statements by a 13-year veteran teacher: “Some of the standards are not developmentally appropriate for the age group,” “They are not written in a straight-forward, easy to understand format,” and “Third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders should not be expected to… write complex responses using inference.”
Adding insult to injury, Kevin Brinegar infers that CCSS is embraced by educators. (It is not). He ends with “Choose in favor of Hoosier students.” I beg of you to do the same and support retention of Indiana’s well researched and well respected current standards.
This is Indiana’s chance to lead by refusing to follow the crowd.
- Kim Ferraro, Crown Point