Louis C.K. blasts the Common Core: “It feels like a dark time”

The comedian takes on standardized testing in a series of tweets

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Louis C.K. blasts the Common Core: "It feels like a dark time"Louis C.K. (Credit: Reuters/Gus Ruelas)

Louis C.K. has long made his life as a parent — and the struggles to impart good values to his two daughters — among the most important subjects for his comedy. But now he’s getting serious.

Last night, C.K. sent out a series of tweets about his daughter’s struggles with homework designed to align with the Common Core, a controversial initiative hinging on standardized testing in order to impart a shared set of English and math skills to students. That’s the goal, at least, but C.K.’s children, who C.K. says are New York public school students, are among those who’ve found the implementation of the Common Core a struggle. C.K. called the Common Core a “massive stressball that hangs over the whole school” in his series of tweets.

New York has been a particularly hot zone for the Common Core, with protests having been held at Brooklyn schools. As the end of the school year approaches, C.K. and other parents may well have more to say.

Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_

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