Who narrowed the curriculum?

There’s another problem that may be looming in the move across the country for states to adopt to a common set of standards: a narrowing of the curriculum. If you don’t like No Child Left Behind, you should probably not like the common core, which for now, has just mathematics and language arts:

The big problems are that focusing on just two subjects threatens to narrow the curriculum, while dodging essential reading threatens to hollow it out. Do more, though, and Americans might have something of substance to grab onto.

Coming next, perhaps: a national curriculum and national tests. Those may in the abstract be benign ideas. But I’m afraid they would further politicize education, which needs less interference from politicians, more choices for parents, and more freedom for teachers and school leaders.

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