Three Ways to Derail the Common Core Standards

Without structural change in schools, the Common Core Standards are doomed.

There is little doubt that the Common Core standards push schools, teachers and students to more inquiry-based, deeper understandings than many traditional standards. The Common Core model implies groups of students working together to examine concepts and problems. The teacher is less the "Sage on the Stage" and more the coach, the facilitator, the one who asks the provocative and engaging questions.

Yet to make this seemingly more meaningful shift, there are three basic structural barriers to success that few school systems are ready to embrace.

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