Common Core sucked all the energy, money, and motivation right out of desperately needed potential reforms to U.S. public schools for a decade, and for nothing.
By 2014, California was the top state in eighth-grade algebra enrollment. Common Core erased all those gains almost immediately, shows a new Hoover Institution analysis.
Honestly, competence, adequacy, and good enough ought to be satisfying enough goals for most students in most subject areas.
Particularly in America’s rural areas and small towns, student performance is often as bad as it is in urban centers.
Attempts to reduce achievement gaps in math often do so by eliminating achievement altogether. This doesn’t help anyone (except consultants).
If the noblest goal of affirmative action is to reduce the disparity of fortune between the races, that effort has clearly fallen short.
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