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August 10, 2013

Editorial: If not Common Core, then another policy just as rigorous

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A dialogue on such policies is a good thing, but only if both sides bring intelligent support or criticism to the table, based on facts and not emotion, such as blanket statements about a federal takeover of education. Diane Ravitch, a New York University professor and Duncan critic, attacked the standards as not being field tested. OK, that can be discussed where paranoia about federal takeover of education cannot.

Indiana is considering reversing its acceptance of Common Core. That is the state's prerogative. But the legislature should base that on intelligent decisions about Common Core's shortcomings. The state will also need to come up with a rigorous system of standards that will keep Indiana students on a par with their counterparts all over the nation.

Indiana's students are too important to be caught up in a game of political football. Whatever happens with Common Core in Indiana, what students learn should be the top priority.

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