Get unlimited digital access to $0.99 for 4 weeks.
News Opinion

Sun doesn't understand Common Core [Letter]

The "new higher standards" that The Sun's editorial board has just discovered as it defends the Common Core are of great interest to those who were responsible for the learning program of students for the past 50 years ("In defense of Common Core," June 27). It is also an incredible insult to those of us who developed the curriculum and the thousands of dedicated teachers who implemented it and fostered critical thinking routinely in their classrooms. It is not new to the classroom teacher that if a second grade child needs a more challenging text, it is integrated into their program to meet their individual needs. "Wow!"

Another "new" learning accomplishment of Common Core that I am surprised impressed The Sun's editorial board was that children would learn to use math in real-life situations. "Double wow" to that one.

It is clear that the editorial board did not understand the programs of the past and demonstrates its members don't understand the Common Core.

In the "old days," we got our facts straight before we wrote. Has that changed?

I wonder if the board's research reviewed how the private schools are dealing with the higher level thinking strategies. Somehow, they missed No Child Left Behind requirements. Retired and experienced educators are used to seeing the latest "cure" being advocated and now that politicians have these new insights into learning "cures," we sadly shake our heads. There are two books people should review. For parents, I advise reading to their children the book, "The Little Engine That Could." For politicians, they should read "The Emperor Has No Clothes."

It is great that The Sun writes about education. The editorial staff needs to realize that senior educators have not lost their critical thinking skills when reading editorials.

Wayne R. Harman

The writer is a retired former director of elementary education for Baltimore County Public Schools.

To respond to this letter, send an email to Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Common Core blows up testing [Letter]
    Common Core blows up testing [Letter]

    State officials deeply vested in new Common Core curriculum mandates and tests want us to believe that marked student declines on state tests since Common Core moved into place aren't Common Core's fault ("MSA warning signs," July 14). Even though Common Core is supposed to be more difficult...

  • Curriculum changes deserve failing grade [Letter]
    Curriculum changes deserve failing grade [Letter]

    I think the new curriculum is not good at all ("MSA warning signs," July 15). As a country, we focus more on test and test scores than we actually do on teaching these kids. The old ways of doing things were better and way more effective.

  • Defending a defense of Common Core [Letter]
    Defending a defense of Common Core [Letter]

    Thank you for an intelligent explanation of the theories behind the Common Core standards ("In defense of Common Core," June 27). You detailed the purpose behind the English and math standards with examples that should make sense to most people. Rather than move students through grades with a...

  • More research is needed on the Common Core standards [Letter]
    More research is needed on the Common Core standards [Letter]

    As a long-time educator, I recognize the need for the Common Core State standards and strongly support them. However, as the standards have been rolled out in the public schools, some major concerns have been raised ("In defense of Common Core," June 27).

  • In defense of Common Core [Editorial]
    In defense of Common Core [Editorial]

    Our view: Higher standards will push Maryland schools to the next level; the state needs to do whatever it takes to help local districts make the transition as seamless as possible

  • Why 'unprepared' teachers quit [Letter]
    Why 'unprepared' teachers quit [Letter]

    It seems to me that additional certification requirements added through the past years should have addressed the issues of teacher preparedness addressed in the op-ed "Zero tolerance for unprepared teachers" (June 25). The increase in unsuccessful teachers who struggle and then leave the...