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9/21/2013 12:40:00 PM
Editorial: Common Core name change is not helpful

A name change is not helping anyone.

The exact purpose of Gov. Brewer's edict on Friday to call the state's new education standards "Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards" instead of "Common Core" does not actually change the standards. It only gets the political obstacle of the name Common Core out of the state vernacular.

Whether Arizonans support or object to the new standards, the state trying to claim not to be Common Core when it is already implementing Common Core just sound silly. No one is being fooled.

After the tug-o-war and federal mandates of No Child Left Behind, the states initiated Common Core to again try to get American education back near the top. But the Obama Administration put its finger in the pie, so to speak, making the standards a requirement for any schools seeking Race to the Top grants.

That little fingerprint, which has nothing to do with the standards themselves or overall federal mandates, still was enough in some conservative circles to shut down discussion of Common Core. Among the full-blown anti-Obama crowd, it has caused near hysteria.

Changing the name of the state version of Common Core does not alleviate that distrust.

To be sure, more has to be required from Arizona students and our school curricula. The state has long languished near the bottom compared to schools in the rest of the country, which is itself languishing behind so many other nations. Parents and education officials who not think Arizona students need more rigorous standards are setting up these children for failure in a vastly changing world.

Most people who do care about education understand the importance of real standards. And it is true that the inaccurate characterization of Common Core as a federal takeover is confounding the conversation. But simply changing its name to put the Arizona stamp on it does not help.

If anything it adds to the suspicion that schools are being fed propaganda. More robust and precise dialogue about Arizona's education standards and more tactful diplomacy would be far more useful.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Article comment by: @ Hey, @ -@

It wasn't a good joke at all.

And, even if it were, @-@ merely points out that the joke is actually on the repubs.

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Article comment by: It seems to me:

CL Marty has his administrations scrambled.

Common Core has been in the works for over a decade.

George W. Bush, due to Laura Bush's urging, was the "education" president.

Jan Brewer probably knows that.

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Article comment by: CL Marty

Jan Brewer and the legislature are petty. Changing a name because they are trying to get back at Obama is so very juvenile. What a joke.

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Article comment by: Hey, @-@

A good joke is a good joke. Lighten up.

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Article comment by: @ -@change more names -

Glad you got a laugh but the 'undoumented democrats' idea makes me wonder if you really got where the idea was going.

By most technical terms mexican immigrants should be model republican voters. a large portion are catholic, many have outstanding work ethic and amazing dedication to family.

All traits that any republican would long to emulate, yet... as you indicate they vote democratic a good portion of the time.

Perhaps they deserve more credit than they are given by those that deem them unworthy in some way.

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Article comment by: AZ Girl

Anytime you use a ranking system, someone is coming in last. It dosent matter if there is only a fraction of a percent in difference. My family has been educated in Arizona for five generations. There are a great number of college degrees among us as well as HS diplomas. Many of us have gone on to educate others. The only place this ranking system matters is when we stand in line for FEDERAL money. Local government is where we should be focusing our attention as the founding fathers intended.

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013
Article comment by: @ change more names

LOL at your post.

But instead of "friends from the south" for illegal aliens, how 'bout "undocumented Democrats"?

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013
Article comment by: So how about we change more names? -

Just change all the names that Jan's supporters don't like... then she will get all her votes again?

Illegal aliens are now 'friends from the south'

the ACA (affordable care act) is now 'Jan-care', just like obama-care but without the obama... and now loved by the tea party and republicans!

Maybe we can change the concept of numbers in AZ as well so that now being 1st is really bad and being 47th or whatever we are this week is now really good!

Then we can change school grades as well...

A for aweful and F stands for Fabulous!

Shazamm- all is right over night!

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013
Article comment by: Too many scorpions?

Ofttimes when a politician loses their mind their staff is able to hide the fact from the general public.

Clearly not the case here.

@ Ryan Jensen: There is no "tea" in Brewer.

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013
Article comment by: Ryan Jensen

Once again the whims of the tinfoil-hat wearing arm of the Tea Baggery Republican party drives the silliness all-too-commonly seen in AZ state government.

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