Pyfer: Common Core undeserving of opposition

LOGAN – Utah State School Board member Tami Pyfer has said if people took the time to learn what Common Core academic standards really are she feels the opposition would go away.  On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2013_05_09_328_10738_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk show </a><span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”><a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2013_05_09_328_10738_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>Wednesday</a>, </span></span>Pyfer said the federal government was not involved when states decided to identify which academic skills and standards should be expected for each grade.

Pyfer said there are still pockets of people who don’t believe there should be any standards but she said it is good to know, for instance, if your child knows the multiplication tables by the third grade.

“Because when they graduate I want them to be ready for Freshman-level college classes,” Pyfer said. “That’s what expectations and standards do, that’s what they are.

“Members of the legislature have been supportive, for the most part. A lot of them are under attack right now and being pressured to not only un-adopt the core standards but not have any standards. I think we’d be going the wrong direction.”

Pyfer said for the most part local lawmakers have been suppotive but there is an organized group of citizens strongly against Common Core.

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