The damage being inflicted upon America's students by the Common Core standards will last for years, according to the head of an organization devoted to excellence in education.
Angry parents, disillusioned and disappointed teachers, and exasperated students all are a testament as to why the Common Core standards are on the way out. But Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, fears the damage already done will last for a long time.
"... We can say goodbye to [Common Core]; it is something that's clearly lost some momentum that it once had," he begins, "but we will be living with the stubborn and hard-to-replace pieces of it for, I'd say, at least a decade."
He goes on to say that the students studying under the standards are the biggest losers. "The cost to the country in terms of a generation of students who have been prevented from gaining the foundations they need in the math and sciences is really quite the worst aspect of the Common Core," he adds.
Wood says because of the huge investment the country made in Common Core technology, teacher training, and textbooks, it will be difficult and time-consuming to exit the standards.
In a recently published column, Wood delineates what he sees as "specific harms" of the Common Core standards, including demoting of literature, slowing down math instruction, and cutting parents out of the process.