Orwell Award Announcement SusanOhanian.Org Home

[Susan notes: I'd never thought about this theory that Krashen presents. It sounds very plausible.]

Submitted to Seattle Times but not published

To the editor

I think the common core math standards are lousy on purpose, made lousy so that parents will complain ( 2+2=What? Parents rail against Common Core math, May 15).

The common core architects will then make some adjustments, enough to stop the most vigorous complaints. Many complainers will then be satisfied and the public will be impressed with how open-minded the common core directors are.

But the common core itself will remain unchallenged. The common core was designed by non-educators, has no research supporting it, and will be enforced by more testing than we have ever seen on this planet. It will also cost billions, and the plan to test all students online ensures massive and increasing technology expenditures forever.

Parents are right to protest the math standards, but should not forget what the real problem is.

Stephen Krashen

This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of education issues vital to a democracy. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information click here. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.