My son was failing under Common Core. I pulled him out of school and home schooled him. He passed his state regents with high scores. I can’t argue with success. Common Core is the worst curriculum I’ve seen in my life.
This relatively simple statement is a logical nightmare. Here are some of the implicit assumptions.
- The boy was failing because the school used common core standards; it had nothing to do with the student, the teacher, or the school.
- He passed the regents exams with high scores as a result of home schooling; it had nothing to do with his effort or intelligence.
- The parent has seen and evaluated more than one comprehensive curriculum, has the expertise to compare them, and reason to conclude that common core is the worst. No basis for comparison is given.
The mistake here is over generalization. One home-schooled student’s lack of success doesn’t imply that particular schools, teachers, or curricula are inadequate.
© William Hungerford – August 2014