State Farm CEO Ed Rust Junior takes issue with critics of the Common Core curriculum. Rust has long been active in education development saying the U.S. has fallen behind other countries in preparing young people for the world of work. Common Core learning standards draw fire from some who say the uniformity infringes on state rights. Speaking to reporters at an education forum in Normal, Rust disagreed.
"I think the critics don't understand how the Common Core came together. This is in essence a state led effort by a number of Govenors and a number of State Chief School Officers."
Rust also says the standards allow students to be compared to their peers in other states, but do not hamper schools in designing their teaching...
"It tells what kids ought to be able to do. How you get there i.e. the curriculum is what the state school boards, local school boards have great flexibility around."
Illinois and some of the 45 states that have adopted the Common Core have had student performance test scores go down. Rust says that is a true reflection of what the students know compared to what they should know. He says this will help them get better over time.
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