New Common Core State Standards Released


posted by Jürgen Kurtz, Karlsruhe University of Education, Germany

From The  New York Times Online, Wednesday, June 2, 2010: “The nation’s governors and state school chiefs released on Wednesday a new set of academic standards, their final recommendations for what students should master in English and math as they move from the primary grades through high school graduation. The standards, which took a year to write, have been tweaked and refined in recent weeks in response to some of the 10,000 comments the public sent in after a draft was released in March. – The standards were made public at a news conference on Wednesday in Atlanta.”

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2 responses to “New Common Core State Standards Released

  1. The U.S. seems to be lagging behind the global community by failing to include L2 instruction in the impetus to improve education for the next generation. Failure to include it in the core standards is causing L2 instruction to be treated as an bit of elective coursework for the college bound U.S. student rather than a key skill for competitive job placement in the global workforce.

  2. I agree with Mr. Hirst; working in urban education I have seen students take L2 languages for one or two years in high school, and not learn a thing. The US is lagging behind the global community in many things, language being one of them. We need to begin language instruction earlier and make it a relevant part of curriculum instead, as Mr. Hirst so eloquently put it, “elective coursework for college bound” students.

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