Urban League Is Misguided in Its Support of the Common Core

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Not to sound conspiratorial, but the tweet pictured above makes me wonder about the relationship between the National Urban League and other bureaucracies touting Common Core State Standards as education reform. The picture, which is linked to an article on the Urban League website, implies that we haven’t come very far since the Brown v. Board of Education decision 60 years ago.

This implication alone isn’t the problem, although it is dubious, to say the least. What is most troubling is the Urban League’s believe, as stated here, that what it perceives to be inequitable education can be rectified by Common Core State Standards. Note the expressed desire for sameness over individuality.

The Common Core is setting us on a path where we cease to routinely have different expectations – and success outcomes – for different students. Now is not the time to turn back.

A bold statement about education by a group of, what else, non-educators.

Is equality in our schools of paramount importance? Of course it is. Achieving equality through standardization, though, is not only unrealistic, it may ultimately cause harm to our students, especially minorities.

So, the Urban League is either very misguided in its understanding of the Common Core, or it is serving a very powerful and very dangerous bureaucracy.

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Mark Barnes is the author of many education books, including Bestseller Hacking Education, part of his Hack Learning Series, books that solve big problems with simple ideas. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and student-centered learning. Join more than 100,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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