Michael Deshotels: Why I Oppose the Common Core Standards

Diane Ravitch's blog

Advocates of the Common Core standards have promoted the myth that only the agitated and uninformed extremists oppose the standards. But this is not true. Michael Deshotels is a respected veteran educator in Louisiana who explains here why he opposes the Common Core and the related high-stakes testing.

This is the heart of his dissent:

“Many educators who have carefully studied the Common Core Standards believe they are not practical for most classrooms, and are not age appropriate for most of our younger students. The standards may actually cause many children to fear school because they will be frustrated by some of the poor teaching practices required to teach the Common Core.

“Many of the math methods required by these standards are impractical. They are simply theories of teaching math that are not useful to most students.

“The types of reading and writing required by the Common Core are often…

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