Why one national curriculum is bad for America

Thursday, May 12, 2011
Classroom students
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United Front
Classroom students
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United Front

The following Hoover fellows and task force members are part of a broad group of educators, business people, and labor leaders who oppose the call for a nationalized curriculum for public schools across the nation.

John E. Chubb (distinguished visiting fellow and member of the K–12 Education Task Force); David Davenport (counselor to the director and research fellow); Richard A. Epstein (Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and member of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force); Williamson M. Evers (research fellow and member of the K–12 Education Task Force); Robert P. George (senior fellow and member of the Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society); David R. Henderson (research fellow); Michael McConnell (senior fellow); Edwin Meese III (distinguished visiting fellow); Shelby Steele (Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow and member of the Working Group on Islamism and the International Order); and Herbert J. Walberg (distinguished visiting fellow and member of the K–12 Education Task Force).

“We oppose the ongoing effort by the US Department of Education to have two federally funded testing consortia develop national curriculum guidelines, national curriculum models, national instructional materials, and national assessments using Common Core's national standards as a basis for these efforts.

“We agree that our expectations should be high and similar for all children whether they live in Mississippi or Massachusetts, Tennessee or Texas. We also think that curricula should be designed before assessments are developed, not the other way around.”

Click here to read the entire statement and view the signatories.