The more people learn about Common Core, the more they learn they don’t like it. Support for Common Core standards is now at an all-time low, according to a new poll highlighted in U.S. News and World Report which stated, “One year ago, two-thirds of those surveyed said they hadn’t heard of the standards. Now, more than three-quarters have heard about Common Core, and it appears that many don’t like what they’ve heard. Sixty percent of those surveyed said they oppose the standards.”
This new poll also revealed that forty percent of teachers oppose Common Core standards, that number was twelve percent just last year. Support for Common Core has cratered among educators, dropping from seventy-six percent last year to forty-six percent this year. The pressure put on teachers to marry these standards with standardized testing and the trend of teaching to the test is getting to educators, and they are ready for more freedom to teach lessons without stringent standards like those in Common Core.
As a nation we can use this experience to learn and grow, or we can continue in the same line of thinking we have been for the past couple of decades that has us ranking below average internationally in math, science and reading. It’s high time we let the individual states focus on the needs of their students based on their counties and communities. The states and their governors, mayors and parents know the needs of their students and children better than the federal government.
The Obama Administration, especially Education Secretary Arne Duncan, need to listen to the parents of America’s children and the educators who are the ones forced to implement these standards: it’s time for a new direction. Enough of teaching to the test, it clearly isn’t as effective as the bureaucrats at the Department of Education thought it would be – it’s time to get back to the basics.
We know how this is actually going to go, sadly. Rather than listen to parents and educators and trust that their negative opinion of Common Core comes from knowing the facts. Instead, they will go on the offensive and claim that the reason so many dislike Common Core is because they simply don’t know enough about Common Core and somehow they are not smart enough to make up their own minds.
It is my fervent hope that, for once, the Obama Administration doesn’t take this route, but instead admits that this isn’t the best set of standards to educate America’s children. I hope they take time to listen to educators from public, private and charter schools, as well as parents and use that feedback to begin to rethink teaching to the test, and move in a direction that benefits our nation’s children so we can once again be above average in the global arena.
Keep beating the drum and speaking out against Common Core. We are winning this fight, but it’s far from over.