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The Common Core Has Its Supporters

Two third-graders scrutinized a photo of a man in a wheelchair in Afghanistan. The man had no feet and was talking to a boy with metal legs.

“What did you notice?” 9-year-old Kailyn Marra asked her classmate, Dylan Tomaska, at East Moriches Elementary School on Long Island. Dylan described the dusty scene and then they wrote down their questions: “Why are they hurt? Who are they? Are they poor?”

Their work on a recent afternoon embodied Common Core Learning Standard 3.1: Having discussions with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own.