Jan 22, 2014 - 12:00pm

Dispelling Common Core Misperceptions


Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

In a recent column, George F. Will accused proponents of the Common Core State Standards Initiative of being murky about the nature and purpose of these educational standards.

As a representative of businesses that rely on well-educated and well-trained individuals, I’m happy to set the record straight about what Common Core does and does not do.

Common Core prepares students to succeed in the 21st-century economy. It focuses on the building blocks of learning, including reading and math. It provides clarity and consistency that puts participating states on an equal footing. And it insists on high standards. Common Core is not a curriculum, a federal program or a federal mandate. It was created at the state level. Curriculum remains within the control of districts, school boards, school leaders and teachers.

Mr. Will and others should direct their outrage at school systems that tolerate low standards and churn out kids ill-prepared for college or a career. Politics and misinformed arguments shouldn’t get in the way of helping our kids, businesses and country succeed.

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Thomas J. Donohue
Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Thomas J. Donohue is chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.