Per the OD: New "common core" standards a challenge for educators.
But anyone who was hoping for promotion of a "core knowledge" among school students will be sadly disappointed according to the description given in this article:
The new standards more or less start with what a college student needs to be able to do: study independently, glean information from complex textbooks without help and be ready to take college-level mathematics.Short people are seldom good basketball players. Some people are not wired to be great orators. What students are able to "do" as "tasks" beyond the basics, is more often a function of maturity and genetic makeup rather than knowledge. This cannot be taught in school.
The standards give suggested course pairings in math to get the best use of high school courses. In reading and the other subjects, the common core suggests increasingly difficult books with speaking and writing tasks that demand students back up their arguments and answers to questions with evidence.
What can be taught is "knowledge" -- so that when the electronic textbooks of tomorrow are rewritten to change our history, or to change the facts of science, society will know it. But that, of course, is not the objective here.
The educrats now propose more of the same "task-oriented" -- as opposed to "knowledge oriented" -- curriculum that has resulted in the easily-misled society that we have today.
It will ensure a more docile, compliant, and manipulated society tomorrow.