Common Core has come under attack. Critics say the standards enlarge federal control of education — and do a lousy job teaching math.
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Those attacks, however, rely on gross distortions and misunderstandings, say defenders of the standards.
Joseph Almeida has taught math for a decade, first in New York and currently in Massachusetts. In 2008, his students had the second-highest math test scores among charter school children in Manhattan. While he taught successfully even before Common Core came along, Almeida describes the standards as a positive development, primarily due to a winnowing in what teachers are expected to cover in a given year.