This morning I had the chance to talk with one of the leaders in the Maine Department of Education. And I don't know exactly how we got on this topic but I asked her about Common Core and the things I'd heard about these standards.
Turns out all the things I read on the internet weren't true.
Especially, things I'd read from the angry homeschooler types. As part of her role she has been involved with the Common Core Standards throughout their development.
1) Common Core is not a federal government creation.
2) Common Core was created in response to 'No Child Left Behind' under GW Bush.
3) Common Core was created by the National Governor's Association once they realized there was no good way to compare each state's progress to another state's progress.
4) The states determined who would represent them during the 15 years of development.
5) Publishing companies were sequestered away from the process during critical review junctures.
6) Adoption of the standards is completely voluntary, with no federal involvement.
7) Common Core is only a set of learning goals. They do not specify how anyone should teach or test.
Huh. I guess I'll have to rethink my information sources.