A Lesson Plan from 2005 Cannot Possibly Be Representative of the Common Core

Stephanie Pearce, of the Craig Daily Press, claims to write a series on the American Dream and the Common Core, by examining a Colorado lesson plan from 2005 that tackles capitalism and socialism. To be clear, Colorado did not adopt the standards until 2010 and the effort to develop the standards did not launch until 2009. Unless Pearce has a time machine (which, if she does, I would love for her to share), the lesson plan she dissects has no relation whatsoever to the Common Core, but that doesn’t seem to stop her from conveying the idea that the standards are undemocratic, anti-free market, and entirely related to the lesson plan in question. The only true connection at this point appears to be the titles of her articles—which continue to link to Common Core, while the articles themselves make no mention of the standards. One final but important note: Even if the lesson plan Pearce is examining was from this year, it still would not be a fair tool to judge the Common Core. The Common Core is a set of standards, not a lesson plan or a curriculum.
Valentina Payne
Valentina Payne joined Bellwether Education Partners in 2021 as chief of staff to Andy Rotherham on the External Relations team. Prior to Bellwether, she spent seven years at brightbeam, where she most recently served as its chief growth officer, overseeing operations, finance, fundraising, and strategic growth of the organization.

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