Re "Don't rush opening the new house of education in California" (Viewpoints, Aug. 31): Two teachers' union leaders want to delay implementation of Common Core education standards that California adopted in 2010 because "83 percent of teachers favor a moratorium; 53 percent have received little or no training on the Common Core." When New York implemented Common Core and test scores dropped, "politicians freaked out and parents were concerned." And the third reason, some school districts will have to use pencil and paper for the assessment tests rather than computers.
Give me a break! Common Core requires the basics. Let's buy the textbooks; if there are teachers who cannot pick up the teacher's manual and implement the program, they need to go elsewhere. There are plenty of enthusiastic young teachers waiting in line for their jobs.
"Don't rush opening the new house?" Let's move in!
-- Michael Davis, Sacramento