Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Common Core Standards ... To Be or Not to Be...

Across the United States there has been expressed concern regarding, "Common Core Standards." As I read the rationale for such proposals and programs put forth, I have only to question the motivation behind such an initiative. A farmer, a builder, an architect, plants differently, builds differently, designs differently, according to local conditions and needs. Differences and diversity are characteristic of earth, as too, each child, each location, each challenge. 

Out of the particularity of time, location, need, can come specific as well as universal concepts, each to be respected, each to be honored, each to be woven into visions that serve local needs and vantages points, as well as universal needs and vantage points, One is NOT to be sacrificed for the other. 

As an Educational Consultant/Therapist, serving hundreds across the age span, it has become more than clear that diversity itself is 'core' to the human condition, growth and development and is NOT to be compromised by imposing a 'one fits all' educational policy. 

Hearings are being planned... let your voices be heard, our children deserve no less than viable opportunities ... Common Core Under Fire from State Lawmakers - Schools - Nyack-Piermont, NY Patch -

We can, district by district, state by state, assert our rights to establish and maintain that which is specific to locality as well as that which is specific to the diversity among our children. All this can be a working reality responsive to needs of our local, state, national, and global communities. 

Rose Marie Raccioppi

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