A Rose by Any Other Name: States Change Name of Common Core, But Retain High Standards
In William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Juliet laments that her relationship with Romeo is forbidden simply because of his name, as Romeo belongs to House Montague. She notes that “that which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet.” If only he had a different name, their love could flourish.
Lawmakers in states around the country are adapting that philosophy to Common Core, changing the name but keeping the high standards contained therein. From the Washington Post: “As the national debate over the Common Core K-12 academic standards rages on, most of the states that originally adopted them are standing by the standards, though they’re calling them something different.”
Reporter Lyndsey Layton goes on to note: “Nineteen states have come up with a new name that includes anything but ‘Common’ or ‘Core.’ There’s the ‘Wyoming Content and Performance Standards.’ Or ‘Ohio’s New Learning Standards’ or the oddly phrased ‘Maine Learning Results.'”
What these states have in common is the rigorous standards laid out in the Common Core State Standards. While lawmakers may be wary of the name “Common Core,” they recognize that high standards are good for their students, and are opting to keep the substance of a ‘rose’ while simply calling it something different.
Read the full Washington Post article, “Common Core 2.0: Common Core by Another Name.”