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Opinion: Judged by those who don’t work with kids and who have never written a lesson plan

I’ve been raising concerns about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in this space for a while now, including their obliviousness to technology as well as their overreliance on standardized testing.

In addition, I’ve explained how anybody with “educational data” at their fingertips can “juke the stats” to make numbers say whatever they want.

I’ve even outlined how the standards were written with very little input from classroom teachers.

But now I feel silly because New York Times columnist David Brooks says people like me are basically clowns, members of an “ideological circus” that has descended upon a “sensible idea” — the Common Core — with “hysterical claims and fevered accusations.”

Barth Keck is an English teacher and assistant football coach who also teaches courses in journalism and media literacy at Haddam-Killingworth High School. Email Barth here.

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