Comparison of Two Types of Education

Traditional (TYPE #1) vs. CSCOPE/Common Core Standards (TYPE #2)

Chart Produced by Carole H. Haynes, Ph.D.


Traditional Type #1

Classical Learning

CSCOPE Type #2


Common Core Standards Type #2 Progressivism/Radical

Social Justice Agenda

Instruction Direct instruction by teacher Self-directed learning, group-think

Emphasis on

subjectivity, feelings, emotions, beliefs, multiculturalism,

political correctness,

social engineering, globalism, evolution,

sexual freedom, contraceptives, environmental 

extremism, global warming/climate

change, victimization, diversity, acceptance

of homosexuality as

normal, & wealth redistribution.


De-emphasis on

Declaration of


Bill of Rights,


Founding Fathers,

national sovereignty,

and American


Curriculum Academic, fact-based, skills, research

Social concerns, project-based, constructivist, subjective, uses

unproven fads and theories

Teacherís role Authority figure, sets the

plan for the class, academic instruction


Studentís role

Learn from teacher, focus

on factual learning, develop foundation skills for logical & analytical reasoning,

independent thinking

Students teach each other;

focus on feelings, emotions,

opinions; group-think

English, Language Arts, Reading


Phonics; classical literature; cursive handwriting;

grammar; usage; correct spelling; expository, persuasive, research writing

Whole language, balanced

literacy, Guided Reading; no

cursive writing instruction so

canít read primary documents

of Founding Fathers


Drill and skill," four math functions learned to automaticity

Fuzzy math, rejects drill and

memorization of math facts,

dependent on calculators

Social Studies

Focus on American heritage/

exceptionalism, national sovereignty, Founding Documents

Diversity, multiculturalism,

globalization, revisionist

history, political correctness



Pro-faith, self control, personal responsibility, self-discipline, solid work ethic

Secular, moral relativism,

anti-faith, victimization


Equal opportunities

Equal outcomes


Students evaluated by earned grades, objective tests

Inflated grades, subjective

assessments, evaluated based

upon the value-system of the



Objective tests (right or wrong answers), emphasis on academic skills and knowledge

Subjective assessments; emphasis on holistic, "feel-good" scoring

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