#3 Young households are being hit particularly hard by student loan debt. In America today, 40 percent of all households that are led by someone under the age of 35 are paying off student loan debt. Back in 1989, that figure was below 20 percent.
#4 According to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, Americans owe more than a trillion dollars on their student loans.
#5 According to the Federal Reserve, the total amount of student loan debt has increased by a whopping 275 percent since 2003.”
“Common Core is rotten to the core, because no one can justify its expense by any potential gains in scholastic improvement, it strips parental oversight of what children should be taught, and it is a one-size-fits-all program that will not serve any child to their maximum potential.
First, according to the Pioneer Institute and the American Principles Project, which conducted a state by state comprehensive cost analysis of implementing Common Core, in Pennsylvania alone the extra cost of implementation was estimated to be $645 million. As of January 2012, Pennsylvania was set to receive only $40 million in Obama’s Race to the Top funds, which were contingent upon adoption of Common Core standards, student Longitudinal data collection, and a teacher evaluation program.”
“The fact is that Finland’s success is much more to the credit of savvy local control than serving as a poster child for a national, one-size-fits-all curriculum. It is an affirmation of the 10th amendment of the constitution of the United States that in its wisdom left education authority at the local level. And it’s another hint that the federal government ought to leave education to the states- or better yet the parents.”
Imagine if the European Union (EU) imposed continent wide academic standards, in the same way that Washington politicians currently want to shove common core standards down our throats. It would be the demise of the Finns’ education exceptionalism.
Think of Finland having to participate in a multi-EU-country consortium to create common core education standards for all, then having to implement what Cypress says every Cypriot child ought to know.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that what works in Finland may not work in Cypress and the other way around. Besides, the Finns were not the first ever to use a national education curriculum. There are other examples, less touted such as: Prussia, China and Nazi Germany.
That brings us to the most important question of all: How good are the proposed US common core standards?
Let’s pretend for a second that it’s a great idea for the United States to have a national curriculum. What happens if the standards are terrible?
That’s what we face now. Forty-plus states nominated so-called-experts on education outcomes and they culled out some of the very best practices from meritocracy and left only a hodge-podge of mediocrity.
With the new common core standards, for example, middle school children will no longer be taking Algebra. The Finnish standards are at least academically rigorous.
It begs the question, who are the experts that our politicians chosen to create and impose standards on our children? These are bureaucrats who are twice removed from the classroom and three times enmeshed in union group-think.
The standards leave no room for parents, either. Do you need politicians to tell you that your kid is failing math, or needs to be in honors English? I think not.”