August 9, 2013
Business leaders Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Governor John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable, are straight forward about America’s public education system not making the grade in their op-ed, Common Core Brings Benefits to Both Education and Our Economy. This op-ed originally appeared via the McClatchy-Tribune News Service.
Donohue and Engler discuss how K-12 public education is “setting our nation up to fail,” noting that it’s not preparing students for college or career success, not delivering skilled works for businesses and a stronger economy, or enabling our country to compete and lead in the global economy. They conclude that “proficiency in fundamental disciplines is slipping,” and that it is an impending national crisis that requires urgent action at the K-12 level.
An action to take, according to Donohue and Engler, is implementing the Common Core. “We believe that one major answer to this challenge is in our grasp – the Common Core State Standards. Common Core is a leading effort spearheaded by state leaders on both ends of the political spectrum with input from teachers, parents, school administrators and experts.”
They continue to state facts and attributes of the standards, as well address the falsehoods, ending with a call to action. Read more here
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