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Crisis for Common Core: Indiana’s Uncommon Ruckus Over Education Standards

Gov. Pence signs H.B. 1427 on May 11, 2013 . Photo credit: Jackie Rhoton

 Gov. Pence signs H.B. 1427 on May 11, 2013 . Photo credit: Jackie Rhoton

 

 | The Foundry

INDIANAPOLIS – What’s wrong with public education in America today? Across the country, just about everyone has an opinion. Very few, though, have the power to implement sweeping reforms.

In Indiana, a driver for the Uber car-for-hire service gets his mother on the phone for a reporter. Sharon Hurt is a 40-year veteran of the state’s South Bend public school district. What teachers need, Hurt says, is flexibility as individuals and support as a group.

“On a national level, we have to be concerned about how we’re lagging behind when it comes to other countries. Somebody’s got to take the lead on that,” Hurt says. “You can have a particular standard but it really boils down to the strength of the individual teacher and the strength of the support surrounding them.”

A “good teacher,” she adds, takes a government-prescribed education standard “and runs with it and uses it as an opportunity instead of a barrier.”

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