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UW professor: Common Core is ‘social justice pedagogy,’ not education

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Common Core remains controversial, but one college professor insists that the program’s devotion to social justice creates a political constituency that will fight to keep it alive.

This year, only 20 states plan to use the new Common Core-aligned tests, compared with 45 states in 2010, but University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh professor James “Duke” Pesta believes Common Core will live on because it is not an education program, but rather a “social justice program.”

Pesta said that Common Core represents a federal overreach into public schools, telling Chicago radio station WIND-AM that “inevitably, they’re going to have all sorts of indoctrination and non-education stuff into it, which is what they’ve done. So, it’s dangerous in terms of what our kids are learning.

“This curriculum is not designed to make kids master subject areas,” Pesta continued. “It’s not designed to make young kids able to do math at high levels. This is what I call social justice pedagogy.” – READ MORE

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