The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is a completely unpiloted set of standards. The CCSS ignores developmental research on what children are ready to learn and when. Expecting children to learn what they are not ready for prevents them from being able to understand it deeply (critical thinking).
There is no research that shows that Common Core will increase critical thinking. It also presumes that there is no critical thinking going on in public education. Have the proponents ever defined what they mean by “critical thinking?” I don’t think it means what we think it means. Is critical thinking going along with the group consensus? Or is it independent thinking? Is it logical, linear and analytical? Or is it emotional and relative to the situation?
They say our students need more “rigorous training?” For what exactly? Our students and children don’t need training. They need a classical education. One that teaches them independent thought; how to identify with human nature through literature.
How to be an entrepreneur or an innovator? We don’t need training! We need knowledge, wisdom and common sense that will lead to personal greatness, not skills for the 21st century workforce.