Friday letters: S.C. mustn’t kill Common Core

July 18, 2014 

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— I found the Saturday article about state Education Superintendent Mick Zais vowing to kill the Common Core standards so unbelievable that I had to read it twice.

It’s incredible that a state superintendent would try to prevent educators from even considering standards developed by teachers and other subject-area experts across the country.

Go read these standards for yourself, and compare them to the 2007 S.C. standards. They are clearer and more rigorous than the S.C. version.

Yes, teachers do need extensive training on how to teach the Common Core standards. Yes, we do need to modify some of them for particular kinds of students. Yes, we do need to personalize instruction to better meet the needs of every student. But, no, we do not need to throw the baby out with the bathwater; we don't need to go back to square one.

Don’t you believe that algebra in South Carolina should look the same as algebra in California? How will we ever catch up with the rest of the country if we’re not teaching the same thing?

Let’s elect a new superintendent who actually believes in public education. This one clearly does not.

Patricia Mohr

Columbia

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