‘Children Belong to All of Us,’ Common Core Promoter Says; Opponents Are ‘Tiny Minority’ of ‘Fringe Voices’

“The children belong to all of us,” Paul Reville, an education professor at Harvard and former Massachusetts secretary of Education, said Friday in explaining why states should adopt the Common Core State Standards Initiative. “What we’re doing at the national level … is what a lot of our states thought made sense individually. Why should some towns in cities or states have no standards or low standards and others have extremely high standards when the children belong to all of us and would move. And the same logic applies to the nation,” he said, making the case for national standards. His comment regarding children is similar to a controversial statement by MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry in April. In an ad for MSNBC, she said, “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.” Reville was a panelist for an event hosted by the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, and the National Center on Time & Learning in Washington, D.C., introducing a new CAP report, “Redesigning and Expanding School Time to Support Common Core Implementation.” The CAP report argues that school days need to be extended in order to successfully implement Common Core. “Redesigning schools with significantly more time for both student learning and teacher professional development and collaboration is one significant way to make certain that Common Core implementation is successful,” the report states. At the CAP event, Reville also complained that the implementation of the Common Core, a set of educational standards adopted by 45 states, tends to amplify a “tiny minority” of “fringe voices” that believe in state’s rights and federalism. More
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