Common Core Lowers College Readiness

Mar 11, 2017 by

by George Leef –
Any time government starts tinkering with things to improve them, the result will be little or no improvement, but a host of new problems. The governmental tinkering with K–12 education provides many examples, most recently Common Core. It is supposed to improve K–12 education across the country and raise “college readiness” among high-school grads. (Getting more kids into college is a leftist obsession because it means more jobs for Democratic-party supporters and implants lots of leftist ideas in young brains, but that’s another story.)
In today’s Martin Center article, Joy Pullmann of Heartland distils her new book The Education Invasion and shows that Common Core might make some students more ready for vocational training (which is what “college” increasingly is), but it will make most less ready for the kind of work we used to associate with college.

One problem with Common Core is that its standards call for a 70–30 division between “informational texts” and literature in reading throughout K–12. The problem is that reading of complex material does more to prepare students for what they should read and write about in college than “informational” material. “Common Core,” she writes, “means that students will read fewer pages of Dickens and Dostoyevsky and more pages devoted to such informational material as federal administrative orders.”

Source: Common Core Lowers College Readiness — Martin Center Article | National Review

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