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New York Private School Advertises 'Cure For The Common Core'

02/03/2014 08:01 pm ET | Updated Feb 03, 2014

One upstate New York private school is trying to use public opposition to the Common Core to its advantage.

The Common Core State Standards are new education benchmarks adopted in 45 states. New York was one of the first states to start implementing the standards, which are supposed to emphasize deeper learning and critical thinking. However, the standards have drawn fierce opposition from some New York parents, teachers and education advocates, who charge that the implementation has been rushed and opaque.

Only New York public schools are required to use the standards –- a message the private Allendale Columbia School in Rochester wants to send to parents.

When advertising for an open house in January, the private school called itself, “The cure for the Common Core.”

Similarly, the school's website reads:

In late January, school leader Ryan Burke explained his opposition to the Common Core to the Rochester newspaper, Democrat & Chronicle.

"We want to educate kids as individuals. We like to say we are the cure for the Common Core," Burke told the paper. "When kids do something that really matters to them, it doesn't take much for them to keep motivated. We want the students to be prepared."

(Hat Tip, @ The Chalk Face.)

Earlier on HuffPost:

14 Outrageous Statements About The Common Core Standards
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