From Education Week: How will preschool look three years from now, when the Common Core State Standards will be the academic benchmarks by which K-12 students and the public schools they attend are measured? Will time for cooperative art projects, for example, have given way to math instruction? Will play time outside be cut back to make way for more time to teach letters and numbers to children enrolled in public prekindergarten programs? As states swiftly moved to adopt the common standards in English/language arts and math, a number of voices in the early-education field raised these types of concerns and questions about what the common core might do to classrooms that serve 3- and 4-year-olds.