Intelligence Squared U.S.: Should We Embrace The Common Core?

Intelligence Squared U.S.: Should We Embrace The Common Core?

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 9:00pm

Pictured: Moderator John Donvan, a correspondent for ABC News' Nightline

Credit: NPR

Explore the Common Core in this debate over the controversial academic movement. 

In K-12 education, there is nothing more controversial than the Common Core State Standards, national academic standards in English and math. Adopted by more than 40 states, they were developed, in part, to address concerns that American students were falling behind their foreign counterparts and graduating high school without the necessary skills for college and the workforce. Intelligence Squared U.S.: Should We Embrace The Common Core?, airing Sunday, September 21 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370, asks "is this the reform we've been looking for?" Has the federal government overreached and saddled our schools with standards that have been flawed from the start? Or will the Common Core raise the bar and improve the quality of our children's education?

Moderator John Donvan is joined by Carmel Martin, Exec. VP, Center for American Progress and Fmr. Assistant Secretary of Education and Michael Petrilli, President, Fordham Institute & Co-Editor, Knowledge at the Core - both for the motion and Carol Burris, Principal, South Side High School & Blogger, Washington Post's "Answersheet" and Frederick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Educational Policy Studies, AEI - both against it.

Intelligence Squared U.S. brings Oxford-style debating to America -- one motion, one moderator, two informed and provocative panelists for the motion, and two against. John Donvan of ABC News -- Nightline is the official moderator of Intelligence Squared debates. The debate series takes on the hot-button issues of the day to inform, enlighten and entertain.

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