by David Safier
Anthony Cody, a blogger at Education Week and one of the founders of The Network for Public Education along with Diane Ravitch (and Tucson's own Robin Hiller) has written the best analysis of the problems with the Common Core I've read. First he wrote Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors, a long but readable breakdown of some of the weaknesses inherent in the concept. He asked people to find errors in his analysis. No one did, but naturally, some people disagreed with his conclusions. So he followed up with The Door We Open When We Defeat the Common Core.
I won't try to excerpt what he's written. This is for educators and others who are seriously interested in the Common Core, and pulling it apart would weaken what he has to say. I hope his posts aren't hidden behind a fire wall (most of the Education Week website is subscription only), because what Cody has written should be widely read.