Getting It Right

By Marin Smillov, Ph.D., Larry Smith, M.D., Bruce Gordon and the Board of Directors of The Institute

There is a broad public consensus that the issues of education should be addressed with a sense of urgency. For the last 14 years, the US government has committed great efforts and resources to education reform. President George W. Bush introduced "No Child Left Behind" which was designed to promote and ensure adequate all-inclusive academic standards for the educational system. President Barack Obama introduced "Race to the Top" with its set of standards called the Common Core. These attempts for a top-down educational reform do not provide compelling reasons for optimism. This paper will compare and contrast the expectations and the likely outcomes from the implementation of the Common Core standards. It will identify some flawed assumptions in the current attempts for education reform. We will support the conclusion that the education system in United States needs more than a top-down government makeover.

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