Why couldn’t we simply apply the current standards to the resources already in place? Why the need to rush out and purchase everything with a CCSS label? If these truly are just standards, then couldn’t they apply to any text or math problem?

CCSS became far more than a set of standards. It became tests students couldn’t pass and standards teachers couldn’t teach without pricy new curricula or the “free” filled/poorly constructed modules.

The reform agenda will only take us so far. The real buy-in is with technology. Cities and states will be dedicating billions. Only a handful of companies are in that space and oddly enough they are the same companies that control the test.

Goes back to my point- what is the danger in teaching high standards with some great books and math problems that have stood the test of time? As long as 2+2=4 then we should be ok.