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Common Core response

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

This is concerning the letter from Joy Pullmann on the Common Core (“Too much too early,” Nov. 15).

She identifies herself as a fellow for the Heartland Institute. The Heartland Institute is a Midwest think tank funded by the infamous Koch Bothers.

Ms. Pullmann is an English/journalism major from Hillsdale College. It appears that Ms. Pullmann has no background in math but is actually speaking out against the Common Core because it is a federal program. She does not appear to have a degree in education. I guess what I am saying is that I do not accept Joy Pullmann as an expert, but as a propagandist for a certain point of view.

I have just completed a course in Common Core and read some instructional books on Common Core. I am not an expert. What I did take from this however was that Common Core is more about how students think about what they are taught. It seems to focus on critical thinking.

Curriculum decisions or what is taught remains basically at the state and local level, where you can be involved by going to board of education meetings.

Find out for yourself. I encourage you to read a response to Joy Pullmann (http://shawurl.com/vy9) and go to www.corestandards.com or www.isbe.state.il.us/ils/ to learn about Common Core.

Jeff Varda


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