Given its designation as one of the nation’s most left-leaning states, Massachusetts seems like a perfect match for the controversial public school curriculum program known as Common Core.
Conservative groups, concerned parents, and other activists have roundly criticized the lesson plans for glossing over important subjects while indoctrinating students with leftist propaganda. A number of states have already rejected the federal plan.
Among the latest to express concerns about Common Core is the Massachusetts Board of Education. According to recent reports, the state board has decided to delay the program for at least two years, citing a desire to maintain its current curriculum.
During the two year delay, the board will use its current examination system to measure the efficacy of its Common Core counterpart. Implemented 20 years ago, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System has facilitated great advancements in the state’s educational performance. Naturally, state officials are reluctant to relinquish control of the successful program to the federal government.
Furthermore, Board Commissioner Mitchell Chester explained the effort involved in switching to the new program by next school year would be “too precipitous a transition” for the state.
One of the individuals instrumental in establishing the statewide exam system has spoken out against Common Core’s spotty lesson plans.
According to Sandra Stotsky, the program exhibits a “misplaced stress on informational texts” that “reflects the limited expertise” of those behind the system.
“A diminished emphasis on literature in secondary grades makes it unlikely that American students will study a meaningful range of culturally and historically significant literary works before graduation,” she continued.
Nearly one in three states has now rejected major portions of Common Core, if not the entire program. Massachusetts is just the latest to express concerns.
Our founders realized that lawmakers at a local or state level better understand what their constituents need. In recent decades, however, the U.S. has moved toward a centralized federal government with far too much influence and waste.
Along with ObamaCare and other leftist pipe dreams, Common Core represents just one more failed attempt by Washington bureaucrats to regulate and control the nation’s populace.
–B. Christopher Agee
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