CORE is an approach used by foreign governments, dictated by the Federal government and supported by Gates and the companies that provide the tests. TCAP tests cost $8.00 per student and the CORE tests may run $29.00. Aside from the money and that NY and MA have had lower test scores after CORE, it is not right for the Feds to further control our local school curriculum. Specifically, having math that will consider partial correct a answer to 4x3 = 11, if you explain your logic with pictures, boxes and statements. The actual math portion is wrong and would be corrected. Also, you can have the correct math answer . but fail to explain and demonstrate your logic via picture boxes and get marked wrong! Then there is the language section which drops some traditional stuff and adds cultural and other enrichment, which includes various life style options. These get more perverse as the KIDS get in the 11th and 12th grades.
The fact that 45 states have adopted this Federal approved and pushed program is enough reason to question it, but there are other serious reasons too.
Now, that Obama has gotten the States to fall in line he is seeking to set up a National School Board to ensure future compliance! Obama's Secretary of Education was the Superintendent of Chicago schools, which are some of the worse schools in the nation. Arnie Duncan is from Chicago and I guess that trumps all issues when filling any federal appointed position.
Obama Care and the IRS enforcement is being force feed onto America too. As Obama continues to reduce individual choice, States rights `and local control of our schools, I wonder what is the end objective? I know in history it has been said those that control the youth control the future and to control the school textbooks gives you control of the youths. I am sure that this is the final goal of Obama.
The roots of this approach rest in previous administrations, but its embrace is tremendous and force feed under Obama.
We need local control and simple block grants from the federal government and no Federal Department of Education. We did not have it for most of our history and did better before it was formed.