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So yeah — there has been some chatter on Common Core around here and elsewhere.
Let’s say that there is a widget that is the best in the world. It’s really, really good. It is a magical widget that makes life easy for everyone who possesses it. It is clearly the best widget in the world. It has great American tech support and comes in every color. You never have to wait for Europeans to come online to get issues with this widget fixed. I think the Ricochet community gets the value of this widget. Would making the widget mandatory for all humans be the right thing to do then?
It’s the same with Common Core, you see. It’s irrelevant what it is. Let’s not focus on the goods and bads of it — but the universality of it. Federal attempts at standards are just plain old bad, and all they are doing is trying to catch up with the demands of the free market.
So what works, you ask?
How’s this, then:
Good lesson plans work and free markets pick it. No central planning committee can come up with it, or allow it to change as rapidly and be as dynamic as the free markets can.