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Core Curriculum makes teaching and testing harder, not better

Those fortunate enough to have met Lillian Lowery, Maryland's state superintendent of schools, know first-hand how brilliant, dedicated, realistic and effective an educational leader she is in preparing a wide range of students for school and life ("Officials call for MSA moratorium," July 25).

Furthermore, the Core Curriculum is not taught uniformly across the nation. However, anyone can go online, search each Maryland county for Core Curriculum, and see, for example, some seemingly fifth-grade content now assigned to first-graders.

"Harder" sometimes may be more overwhelming than "better." The only real change and improvement may come when state and national legislators find that Core Curriculum teaching and testing appears harmful to their own children, and legislate accordingly.

Hilda Coyne, Baltimore

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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