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Letter to the editor
Rating: 2.92 / 5 (13 votes)  
Posted: 2013 Oct 25 - 06:52

Re: "Support the Common Core Standards"

I am befuddled, by the need to promote yet another overarching Federal Program. If you want standardized testing of public school children there are organizations like the Educational Testing Service, who have been testing students for fifty or sixty years, with products like the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), ACT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT and more I am sure. The folks producing the Stanford Achievement Test have a test for each grade, 1-12, available at a retail price of $70. Used on a state or national basis the cost could come down significantly. By my rough calculation, the entire public school population of 44 million could be tested using the retail price for around $3 billion, while the Federal Government needs approximately $16 billion, according to the Heritage Foundation, to implement Common Core.

If standardized education is the optimum teaching paradigm for our children, then I am puzzled over the decline in the quality of our students' education as the Federal Government involves themselves in an ever more pervasive manner. I reference our students' world rankings in math, which according to Programme for International Student Assessment , slipped from 18th in 2002 to 31st place by 2009.

Sadly, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development , our overall ranking of high school freshmen in 2013 dropped us just below the Czech Republic, at 21st place, barely beating China.

I may not have learned much in grad school about education, but I did learn, if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

Sam H. DaMit, Port St. Lucie

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