Ben Carson is full of it. America’s favorite ultra-conservative Fox News personality is criticizing Common Core for all the wrong reasons.
The program will take the power to set education standards from the states and place it in the hands of the federal government. This move has inflamed conservatives and has led them to decry the program as a federal takeover of education and as a move by the Obama administration to force the values of Washington upon school children across our 50 states.
While I wouldn’t go this far in my own personal criticism of Common Core, I will acknowledge that the program is befuddled with problems. Namely, the Common Core standards still place standardized test scores as the benchmark for how we determine whether children are learning. It is asinine to think that failure to pass a standardized test is an indication of low intelligence or an inability to learn.
Our society’s obsession with testing is deeply disturbing. Education in this country needs to be fundamentally re-envisioned. It simply does no good to scrap the old standardized tests and replace them with new standardized tests. Common Core does exactly this and should be rejected as a result.
However, Dr. Carson has other reasons to despise Common Core, and (shockingly) his reasoning is stupid.