Common Core Standards in Rutherford County and Beyond to be Discussed at Hearing on Thursday and Friday
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 11:00 pm
The Common Core Standards within local public schools continue to raise eyebrows while at the same time encouraging others. The standards seem to cause both excitement and confusion with educators in Rutherford County and beyond.
WGNS was informed on Wednesday night that the Tennessee State Senate Education Committee will hold hearings on the Tennessee Common Core State Standards Thursday and Friday in Nashville (Sept. 19 and 20, 2013). The Professional Educators of Tennessee told us that they would be at those hearings.
“We believe the adoption of any state standard should be minimal and that local districts should also have flexibility to increase such standards. The state is justified to emphasize desired outcomes. However, this should be in broad terms and not prescribe specific content or procedures in detail to maximize independence and creativity of educators. A common set of knowledge and skills should never stand in the way of any school or district from developing their own distinctive characters or pursuing shared educational goals with other schools, districts or even other states.
Policymakers will continue to have a challenging job trying to balance the debate between non-traditional education reformers who are accused of trying to upset the public education system and traditional educators who are opposed to changing the status quo.”
Policymakers should consider (According to the PET):