, Salem, MA


April 8, 2014

Letter: Do we need another new test?


With this in mind, here’s a question I’d like to see on every student’s PARCC test:

“If Massachusetts had a set of standards, a proven test and curriculum that had propelled students to best in the nation status for five straight years and would cost other states $0 to adopt and the federal government had an untested standard, an untested test and an untested curriculum that cost the taxpayers $4.3 billion (the actual amount already spent in Race to the Top grants), which one would make the most sense for underperforming states to try first?”

There’s one thing upon which people on either side of the issue will agree. The adoption of Common Core and the federalizing of public education will be, for better or worse, the greatest change of that institution in our country’s history.

What is most troubling to me is that almost no one knows anything about it.

It is my firm belief that this runaway train called Common Core has far less to do with education than it does with the colossal buildup of the “educational-industrial complex” from which obscene profits and unbridled power shall be amassed.

I encourage everyone to learn more, before it’s too late.

David McGeney

Peabody School Committee

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