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ERIC Number: EJ1003267
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
The Common Core Ate My Baby and Other Urban Legends
Shanahan, Timothy
Educational Leadership, v70 n4 p10-16 Dec 2012-Jan 2013
Urban legends are plausible stories--told as truths--that revolve around the complexities and challenges of modern life. Sociologists have not managed to pin down exactly how and why these stories get started, but they are clearly spread by word of mouth and there is usually a grain of truth in them (and sometimes, as it turns out in the case of "the dingo ate my baby" story, more than a grain of truth). It is not surprising, then, that the recent adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by 46 states and the District of Columbia has given rise to anxieties among educators that have fueled the flames of misperception, confusion, and rumor. In this article, the author explores some of those legends in the hope of slowing their spread. So far, no educators have claimed that the new standards have eaten their baby, but if someone claims that the new CCSS "assessments" have eaten someone's 3rd grader, that story just might catch on.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001