All the problems created with counties scrambling to create curriculum to match the Common Core standards leaves me wondering why the creators of those standards did not write a curriculum to go with them in the first place ("What is expected of students under Common Core," Oct. 9).
At the very least it seems wasteful to have hundreds of counties across the nation spending time and resources doing the same thing. At the national level there would certainly be more resources to do a better job.
Counties would have the option of adopting the national curriculum as written or refining it at their discretion. More importantly, a national curriculum released in a timely manner would give teachers the opportunity to become familiar with the material and prepare themselves for what they are going to teach before they step into the classroom that first day.
James W. Apgar, CatonsvilleCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun