Education historian denounces Common Core

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Education historian Diane Ravitch says a public review process Gov. Bill Haslam has created for Tennessee’s Common Core standards can be effective as long as more weight is given to the input of teachers.

Ravitch, one of the nation’s leading voices against education reforms such as Common Core, was in Nashville on Thursday to speak at a conference of career and technical education professionals.

Her visit comes during the same week Tennessee lawmakers filed measures to do away with the state’s Common Core standards.

While she opposes the standards, Ravitch says there’s no harm in getting public input about them, as long as teachers’ input is taken seriously because of their close relationship with students.

Earlier this month, Haslam unveiled a website where Tennesseans can review and comment on the standards.