Ravitch: Common Core Is Bankrupting the Country

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Diane Ravitch is not a fan of the new school standards known as Common Core, and she’ll tell you why on this Sunday’s One to One show.

Ravitch, a distinguished education historian and research professor at New York University, was in Kentucky recently to receive the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award in Education.

The Common Core standards are goals for what K-12 students should know and be able to do in English/literacy and math at each grade level. Kentucky was the first state in the nation to adopt Common Core, and 43 other states have followed suit.

Ravitch won the Grawemeyer for her 2010 book, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education.” She is critical of the testing associated with Common Core:

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is a strong proponent of Common Core. He told the Education Writers Association in Nashville this week that states implementing the Common Core standards should “keep improving” them.

In my conversation with Ravitch, she says Common Core is bankrupting the country.

Watch One to One, Sunday at 1 p.m. on KET.

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