Pixton Debate: Common Core is Good

January 18, 2017

The Common Core State Standards Initiative aims to prepare America’s students for success, by providing “clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.”

Educators, politicians, parents, and students have wide-ranging opinions about Common Core. President-elect Donald Trump has said Common Core “is a very bad thing.” His nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, wants to let “states set their own high standards and finally put an end to the federalized Common Core.”

To stimulate a discussion and gain insight, we’ve created two “debate comics” about Common Core. In this comic we present the rationale in favor of Common Core.

Also see our other comic, illustrating some popular arguments against Common Core.

What’s your take? Use the survey below to record your position, and see where others stand!

One thought on “Pixton Debate: Common Core is Good”

  1. #1 is false. The research shows that the standards were written in 2009 behind closed doors by the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers and Achieve – group of governors and corporate leaders . This was privately funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in excess of $2 billion as of 2009. Of the original 27 on the development teams, 12 development team were from PARCC and Smarter Balance. #4 was the intention but is also simply not true. Between pretests, interim tests, post tests, and standardized tests, weeks are lost to testing that did NOT exist before Common Core.

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