Wednesday, May 07, 2014 4:37 PM
Common Core has a few problems: (1) it was developed without input from classroom teachers, (2) it was never field tested and, as a result, appears to poorly match what students are developmentally able to do at various levels.
Common Core, unfortunately, is yet another education fad. The right thing to do is what Diane Ravitch has suggested -- take a step back and take a deep breath. Getting this stuff right is HARD -- why do we think that the folks who designed the Common Core got it right?
As to allowing students to go to any district in the state, here's an obvious argument against: Wake County just authorized about $1B in bonds for new schools. Who is going to tell Wake County taxpayers that those new schools will, instead, be used to educate students from other counties?