The Core of the Debate
A recent debate, 'Embrace the Common Core?' hosted by Intelligence Squared, featured some of the nation's top experts on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Oxford-style '2 vs. 2' debate show included comments on topics such as whether or not the CCSS are actually right for kids and the rationale behind national standards. In particular, the debate focused on the controversial CCSS-aligned assessments and the cognitive appropriateness of the standards. The debate offered a refreshing take on what is often a politically charged topic. Many other educational bloggers have also offered analysis of this debate, including Diane Ravitch and The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss.