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Join The Discussion: Common Core

Background: The Washington Post (see link below) recently described how the new Common Core Standards for K-12 schools came to be adopted in 43 states.  Financed largely by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Common Core is a set of uniform academic standards in English and math replacing the  uneven patchwork quilt that left the standards up to each state. Proponents say Common Core will better prepare students for success in college and career and opponents says education policy should be left to state and local governments. Read more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-bill-gates-pulled-off-the-swift-common-core-revolution/2014/06/07/a830e32e-ec34-11e3-9f5c-9075d5508f0a_story.html

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Common Core Standards pose dilemmas for early childhood

Samuel J. Meisels, Ed.D.

Samuel J. Meisels, Ed.D.

Samuel J Meisels, president of Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development located in Chicago, wrote this post for the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog.

After a decade of concerns and criticisms about the lack of rigorous national standards in the No Child Left Behind Act, we now have a set of ambitious standards for use nationwide — the Common Core State Standards. Since their formulation two years ago, these standards have been adopted by 45 states, were made a precondition for funding in the Race to the Top competition, and have begun to influence the development of new curricula and assessments. But early childhood education — concerned with children from birth to the end of third grade — seems nearly an afterthought in the standards. Not only do they end (or begin) at kindergarten, ignoring more than half of the early childhood age range, they simply don’t fit what we know about young children’s learning and development.

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