Professor Comments On Debate Over Common Core

In an op-ed for the New York Times (3/23, Subscription Publication), Jennifer Finney Boylan, an author and professor at Colby College, writes about the “debate over the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in education” and how she believes that the argument is more about what we want from want from our children’s education and how “getting an education” is defined. Boylan writes that she believes those who oppose common core standards “fear…loneliness” due to the “sadness that comes when we realize that our children have thoughts that we did not give them; needs and desires we do not understand; wisdom and insight that might surpass our own.” Therefore, Boylan suggests that “maybe what we need is a common core for families,” which will help them understand that “having a language in common doesn’t mean we have to agree with one another.”