Manchester school debate draws a crowd
The event, sponsored by Cornerstone Policy Research, was presented as an “informational forum” on the Common Core standards.
Proponents of the standards say they arose from a state effort by the National Governors Association and that they are intended to give children a better chance to compete internationally.
The standards have been adopted by 45 states, including New Hampshire. They are opposed by conservatives — who consider them a federal intrusion on local control of education — and members of the political left, who have expressed concern over the standardized tests that come with Common Core.
“You have to understand that Common Core standards are not rigorous,” Stotsky said. “Common Core standards are not internationally benchmarked and do not meet international standards.”
Stotsky said the standards fall short in English and language arts, as well as mathematics, the two areas of focus for Common Core.
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