Gerson: Why Common Core Won’t Work

Einstein said, “I believe in standardizing automobiles. I do not believe in standardizing human beings.” He also said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”


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Raymond Gerson teaches at Austin Community College.

Will Common Core Produce Students Who Become Common?

By Raymond Gerson

Words can become like seeds for self-fulfilling prophecies because of the power of expectation. So let’s take a look at the words “Common Core.”

One definition for the word “common” is “of no special quality.” In other words “ordinary.” According to Roget’s Thesaurus some synonyms for the word “common” are “commonplace, everyday, ordinary, humdrum, standard, mediocre, run-of-the-mill and a dime a dozen”. Some of the antonyms are “exceptional, uncommon, extraordinary, original, excellent, noble, noteworthy, valuable and rare”. At your “core” or essence and foundation which of these would you prefer to be?

Are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) a one size fits all approach that will produce commonplace students and commonness? Shouldn’t the purpose of education be to develop the whole person and to awaken the unique potential within individuals? Isn’t…

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2 responses to “Gerson: Why Common Core Won’t Work

  1. Common Core also leaves Parents out of the equation. Too much bureaucracy and administration. Teachers are the ones who are creative and want to help our children learn. Let them teach, stop dumbing down curriculum. Common Core, sounds like a big train wreck to me.


    • Common Core leaves students out of the equation, too, with its developmentally inappropriate expectations that inflict real harm to them. I am thankful for all of the requests for more information on Standards-Based education. The deeper I go into this, the more rotten the “core” becomes.

      Telling that Bill Gates, the Waltons, et. al…. None would let the CC anywhere near their OWN children, and stand to profit handsomely. he CC there.

      I want our children to be educated enough so as not to permit these people to run public education.

      I hope you will check out Timbered Classrooms FB page — loads more on the CC there. Cheers!


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