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The Com­mon Core edu­ca­tion­al ini­tia­tive, accord­ing to its offi­cial web­site, strives to pro­vide “a set of high-qual­i­ty aca­d­e­m­ic stan­dards in math­e­mat­ics and Eng­lish lan­guage arts/literacy.” Its crit­ics, how­ev­er, see it very dif­fer­ent­ly. This oppo­si­tion, led by pro­fes­sors of edu­ca­tion, math­e­mati­cians, for­mer mem­bers of the Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion, the largest teach­ers’ union in the coun­try, and count­less oth­er pro­fes­sion­als, is seek­ing to derail this edu­ca­tion­al agen­da before it can ful­ly take over schools across the Unit­ed States.

Tran­script of video.

Why are these groups opposed to Com­mon Core, and what is Com­mon Core’s real pur­pose? Find out more in this week’s Eye­open­er report.