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

Submitted to Seattle Times but not published
05/15/2014

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


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