Why Colleges Should Care About the Common Core Education Week Commentary
Dean Harold Levine and Michael Kirst, president of the California
State Board of Education, co-wrote “Why Colleges Should Care
About the Common Core” for Education Week.
In the piece, Levine and Kirst lay out their concerns that
colleges and universities may not be prepared to educate the
students who will soon be entering their institutions armed with
a “more inquiry-based” and “collaborative problem-solving”
approach to learning.
The authors write, “These are not likely to be the skill sets or
course-taking experiences called for in the majority of today’s
college-level freshman and sophomore courses. Rather, these tend
to be large-enrollment, minimally interactive, and
Citing the “historical disjuncture and lack of alignment between
K-12 and higher education,” the authors call for their colleagues
to prepare now: “It’s now time to ensure that when Common Core
creates more ‘college-ready’ students, the colleges they enter
are ready for them.”
Read the full commentary.
As Professor Emeritus and Founding Dean, Harold Levine has had a
long commitment to building a School of Education that makes a
difference—for educators, policymakers, students and everyone
else who has a stake in California’s schools.