Originally Posted by Polliwog
And if you look at the Text Exemplars in Appendix B (http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf), ...
I looked this document over. I was pleasantly surprised to see some good literature I approve of here- though I'm not thrilled with the timing of everything. Which is to say, some books come later than I'd like to see and others, earlier than I would feel is age appropriate for my kids. What really struck me though was the bias of the non-fiction literature reflective of early America which was chosen as a focus for the students in the highschool range. This is one reason that I talk with my kids about everything we read. A more mature mind can usually spot bias a lot easier than a developing one. Still, disturbing that it's there and now going to get taught as truth to all American children.
I humbly disagree that CC will just pass until the next educational fad begins. It takes a long time to implement national standards and it will take a long time to remove them if that becomes a goal in the future. Making something a national standard will have long term affects- not just on curriculum and what our students are taught, but on national standardized testing like ACT's and SAT's students use to get into college. Students will be required to reflect whatever bias remains in the CC regardless of it's accuracy or truth. I suppose if you're politically aligned with everything in CC, you're a pretty happy camper right now. Still, instead of promoting free thought, teachers will begin to "teach to the test" and other quality instruction could be lost.
Additionally, I think America's diversity in education is a strength, not a weakness, as proponents of CC claim. I'm not saying there aren't schools that don't need to increase their expectations... But I doubt that CC will "level the playing field" as is it's supposed goal, rather it will be effective in boxing in our youth- everyone outside of the box loses- whether they are gifted or remedial- and that's a truly sad loss for our kids.
Well... that's the way I see it. Concerns are deep rooted, with good reason.