In a recent Washington Post opinion column, Danielle Allen, professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., called on the Education Department to challenge states “to build curricular and pedagogic innovations that will allow them to succeed at meeting the new Common Core State Standards,” rather than simply challenging them, as President Obama indicated in his 2013 State of the Union address, to focus on science, technology, engineering, and math.
She explains that “the Common Core standards recognize that literacy, the humanities and history are as important as math, science and technical subjects in preparing students for jobs and college. They will also improve our ability to prepare students for citizenship. They should, in other words, help us achieve not only college and work readiness but also participatory readiness.”
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