Perhaps the biggest problem yet for the credibility of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is their reported involvement with reintroduction of some widely discredited notions about math and reading instruction. Good standards should not lead educators to chase down old, unproductive rabbit trails, but that fruitless chasing is going on right now in schools across the nation.
The web is alive with stories about crazy math problems that confuse kids, and there are even reports of failed reading programs coming back, as well.
For example, in “Why Johnny won’t learn to read, Balanced literacy is baaaack,” New York Daily News Op-Ed writer Robert Pondiscio laments the fact that – under the watch of the CCSS – the new Schools Chancellor in New York City is bringing back a widely discredited “Whole Language” reading program known as “Balanced Literacy.”
Furthermore, while Pondiscio claims that Common Core does not include the “Whole Language” approaches, there is good evidence that at least one well-known and very key supporter of Common Core most definitely thinks the ideas of Whole Language actually are in line with CCSS.