Common Core Repeal – Think Of The Children
Alonzo West wrote a piece last weekend in the St. Joseph News-Press about how repealing Common Core would affect students in Missouri. The conclusion? It wouldn’t really hurt them; in fact, it would have almost no impact.
West spoke with Brian Shindorf, St. Joseph School District’s director of elementary education, who gave keen insight into potential side effects of repealing Common Core.
“So the impact for us would be having to go back and revise our curriculum to not be aligned to the Common Core, but instead be aligned to whatever standards the state outlined for us. It would be a lot of work for us, absolutely,” Mr. Shindorf said.
The change would not impact children at all, he said. It would be a matter of realigning the standards to the appropriate grade level and students.
“It wouldn’t harm the kids,” he said. “The biggest impact would be the process the curriculum department and the teachers would have to go through to go back to the realignment of the standards.”
I believe Shindorf is correct – repealing Common Core won’t hurt students. It’s not like we would return to the Stone Age. Of course, one has to wonder: did starting Common Core in the first place hurt students?