Common Core: Against Gifted Students

, Spencer Irvine, 5 Comments

Now, after lauding Common Core’s benefits, Common Core supporters are scrambling to justify the oft-maligned education standards. At the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, UConn education professor Jonathan Plucker criticized school districts for using the standards in order to cut funding for gifted and advanced student education.

In his research, he noted, “We found plenty of evidence that many districts are using the implementation of the Common Core to cut services for advanced students,” and cited “four to five press releases” and articles to support this claim. But, instead of blaming Common Core, Plucker blamed its supporters. He said, “The justification is, well, we got the Common Core now, we don’t need anything else. That is worrisome, to say the least.”

Instead, “Common Core was really meant to be a floor, not a ceiling,” and Plucker quoted sections of the English Common Core standards to support his claim. He said, “I can’t say it much more plainly than that. The Common Core is a set of grade level standards.” Plucker concluded that “If you have the Common Core, it’s going to work well with well-above or well-below grade level students” and not the gifted or advanced learners. He admitted, “That’s frustrating, but we have to be realistic.”

Plucker concluded, “Academic excellence, has traditionally, has not been a focus of American education, period.” The all-too common refrain of Common Core supporters, he said, is that “it’s going to make things better.” But, he disagreed and said, “Things have never really been good in this country in terms of advanced performing students.” He added, “It’s not that we were starting from a position of strength before the Common Core came in.”


5 Responses

  1. AndRebecca

    February 27, 2015 11:51 am

    From what I have read about Common Core, it is to change learning and bring it up to new standards. The children are not going to be taught traditional subjects in traditional ways. They will emphasize things like rhyming instead of memorization, for example. The ability to rhyme was never considered a sign of intelligence and memorization was considered crucial to developing a base of knowledge, but that has changed. So the tests will change. The student will to have to go back and back to school and since he doesn’t have a basis for his knowledge, that will mean lifelong learning. No more of this knowing what direction you might go in life by the time you are fourteen and then taking a few more years of school to get there. Now, you’ll still need school when you are fifty or sixty even.

  2. Scot

    February 27, 2015 4:31 pm

    A proper education is scarce resource. Common Core is being used to reallocated educational effort away from the gifted (hey, they’re mentally privileged) to those with less talent (the intellectually needy).

    It’s so typical of the left to believe the supply of something (food, education, healthcare, housing) will inevitably grow if it’s simply subsidized and that no reallocation of resources will take place.

  3. Stat Crux

    February 27, 2015 4:42 pm

    This is no joke. The talented and gifted public schools have 3rd world obama derp’s bused into them, so you have 1 smart kid surrounded by 6 primates threatening to beat them to death. And Communist Core taught throughout.

  4. Cyber Liberty

    February 27, 2015 4:55 pm

    Let me show you my “shocked” face.

    News flash: Schools always look for any excuse they can to dump their Gifted programs. Not that many students are served, and unless their parents can kick up a fuss equal to the Welfare mob, the bright kids lose. I graduated HS back in the 70’s, and advanced Science classes were pulled out from under me way back then.

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