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[Susan notes: It is shameful that professional organizations push accommodation to Common Core. Thank you to Stephen Krashen for pointing out that Common Core is a tsunami. ]

Published in Reading Today
01/01/2015

To the editor



In response to the NovDec cover story, "Beyond the noise."



Concerns about the Common Core are not just "noise." It is a bad solution for a nonexistent problem. Our problem is not a lack of standards, but our unacceptably high rate of poverty. Poverty has a devastating impact on school achievement. When scholars control for the effect of poverty, American students' test scores are at the top of the world.



The Common Core does nothing to protect children from the effects of poverty. Instead, it spends billions on unnecessary testing.



The Common Core is a tsunami that could destroy American education.



Stephen Krashen


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