A comedian who sees nothing funny in Common Core

Josh Encinias at National Review Online documents comedian Louis C.K.’s struggle with the Common Core public school standards.

In his appearance with Letterman, Louis said it’s good when his daughters face challenging test questions. “I’m there for [my kids] in those moments. I say, ‘Come on, look at the problem. And then I look at the problem and it’s like, ‘Bill has three goldfish. He buys two more. How many dogs live in London?’” …

… C.K.’s detractors say he’s maligning education reform, but he disagrees. As a father of children currently in school, he can’t wait until the Common Core is refined. “[Kids] only get one chance to grow and develop and to fall in love with learning,” he said. …

… Louis C.K. is an everyman comedian. His jokes are about sex, divorce, anxiety, i.e. the stuff of every day life. His Common Core tirades also come from firsthand experience. Nazaryan and others note that the standards are “loathed by left and right alike.” But it might be more accurate to say the more practical experience people have with the standards, the less they like them.

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