South Carolina Throws Out Common Core Standards

Common Core has no shortage of critics. The national education standards have been pilloried by pundits, parents, comedians, teachers, and lawmakers alike. The chief concern, perhaps, is that Common Core introduces frivolous and illogical teaching techniques to no apparent purpose, while at the same time introduces new standards that aren’t making meaningful improvements in student achievement. Common Core also implements a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to improving our public education system. These issues, critics argue, could be must better handled by local and state communities — and by the teachers and parents who live in them.

As it happens, South Carolina currently adheres to Common Core. But on May 30, 2014, Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) signed a bill abolishing the standards altogether beginning in 2015. The Palmetto State thus joins Indiana (sort of) as the only other state in America to formally repeal them. Education Week reports:

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