Common Core standards is topic at library presentation

PLYMOUTH - The Plymouth Library will host a special speaker to talk on the topic of Common Core education standards.

Joy Pullmann a Research Fellow in Education at the Heartland Institute will be speaking on the topic on Aug. 8 at the Library beginning at 7 p.m.

“I will try to give people a basic history of the Common Core movement and how it relates to other curriculum movements through history,” said Pullmann in a phone interview with the Pilot News. “Really importantly though I want those who come to get information on what Common Core is. It’s hard to decide a position on something if you don’t really have the information on what Common Core entails.”

Indiana began Common Core education standards in 2010 but the implementation of the program has been paused by the Indiana General Assembly for further debate and study.

“I feel there are some real concerns with Common Core and I think they are pretty obvious when you really look at it,” said Pullmann. “I think when all testing is online and many states began this giant initiative before a lot of people were really fully informed what it is that’s a problem.

“I also feel that a lot of the issue comes down to local control. If you have a problem with the curriculum and talk with your local school board about it they’ll tell you there’s nothing they can do because it’s part of the national standards. It takes local control of schools away.”

The talk is free and open to the public.