The forum will deal with issues that have arisen following the adoption of the Common Core standards several years ago, which represent some of the most pressing public education issues today.
Proponents of the Common Core say the adoption of the standards was an essential first step to bring truthfulness and transparency to the measuring the achievement of students in our country.
The results of tests based on the Common Core standards could then be used to close the gap between socio-economically disadvantaged children compared to non-disadvantaged kids, as well as the gap between those same non-disadvantaged kids and their peers in Europe and Asia.
Critics complain its rollout has been deeply flawed. These critics say the new curriculum has resulted in students feeling bored, confused and frustrated – particularly when it comes to math - and that kids’ creativity has been stifled as a result of so-called “teaching to the test.”
To discuss these and other issues, the league chapter has assembled a distinguished panel, which includes Peter Salins, Frank Alverez and Edward Kliszus. Salins is a professor of political science at Stony Brook University and a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and formerly served as provost of the State University of New York. He is the author of six books, including most recently The Smart Society – Strengthening America’s Greatest Resource, its People – as well as numerous articles on public education in the United States.
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