Common Core: Yea or Nay?

National Association of Scholars

“The Core was never a good idea; it was a sneaky idea.” – This is the case presented by NAS president Peter Wood in his newest book Common Core: Yea or Nay?, co-authored by Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Sol Stern.

On September 23rd, Encounter Books released the double-sided book that features Sol Stern’s case for the Common Core on one side and Peter Wood’s argument against the Core on the other side. While Stern makes the case that the Common Core should be seen as an opening to restore a rigorous curriculum to America’s schools, Wood explains that the Common Core lowers standards while pretending to raise them.

Other issues addressed by Wood include:

  • Increased doubt among former supporters of the Common Core
  • How the federal government sneakily introduced the Core as a state project while implementing it as a federal project
  • How classics works of literature like Huckleberry Finn are now replaced by “informational texts"

The book is available at

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Common-Core-Yea-Sol-Stern/dp/1594038198

Encounter Books: http://www.encounterbooks.com/books/common-core-yea-nay/


Image: Public Domain

  • Share

Most Commented

October 6, 2020

1.

Pulitzer Board Must Revoke Nikole Hannah-Jones' Prize

We call on the Pulitzer Prize Board to rescind the 2020 Prize for Commentary awarded to Nikole Hannah-Jones for her lead essay in “The 1619 Project.” ...

May 15, 2015

2.

Where Did We Get the Idea That Only White People Can Be Racist?

A look at the double standard that has arisen regarding racism, illustrated recently by the reaction to a black professor's biased comments on Twitter....

July 28, 2020

3.

Exclusive: UT Austin Proposes Political Litmus Tests for Hiring and Promotion

The University of Texas at Austin has proposed the “Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Strategic Plan," exchanging merit-based success for identity-based dive...

Most Read

October 6, 2020

1.

Pulitzer Board Must Revoke Nikole Hannah-Jones' Prize

We call on the Pulitzer Prize Board to rescind the 2020 Prize for Commentary awarded to Nikole Hannah-Jones for her lead essay in “The 1619 Project.” ...

May 15, 2015

2.

Where Did We Get the Idea That Only White People Can Be Racist?

A look at the double standard that has arisen regarding racism, illustrated recently by the reaction to a black professor's biased comments on Twitter....

October 5, 2020

3.

Tom Klingenstein on Cancel Culture and 1619

The issues that cancel culture presents are not new, but they are powerful in a way that we haven’t seen in generations. Complacency is, unfortunately, not an option....