Common Core so toxic that one ed. publisher is now marketing ‘Common Core-free’ materials

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by Howard Portnoy

Most educational publishers are still toeing the line when it comes to the Common Core Curriculum Standards, which are in effect in 43 states and the District of Columbia. But cracks are beginning to appear in the once-impenetrable superstructure of the government program, and some textbook companies are beginning to retreat from the CCCS market.

Education Week reports that Discovery K12, which bills itself as “an online homeschool platform and curriculum for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade,” also advertises that it is now proudly “non-Common Core”:

Discovery K12 offers a traditional, Non-Common Core curriculum that gives students a world-view using today’s cutting-edge technologies. Reading classic literature, writing essays, creating presentations, and conducting research are important aspects to the program. Discovery K12 is a flexible program that allows parents to use all or parts of the curriculum with full control over the instruction.

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