The push to homogenize public education around worthless standards known as Common Core has lost considerable support among teachers. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is the brain child of so called “ed reformers” and the testing companies that will benefit from Common Core’s implementation.
Common Core is developed around a mythical universal student who has no problems in life other than a teacher that can not produce generally meaningless test results. Common Core seeks to create a national curriculum reinforced with a drill and kill testing regime that guarantees the students will momentarily retain lots of information while learning next to nothing.
The move to implement Common Core is backed by college dropout Bill Gates and other corporate and finance chieftains who believe their ability to exploit markets has yielded them key insights into restructuring the public education system. And, of course, the companies that will make a fortune from standardized testing.
But those who actually educate students are not so enthused.
* Support for the Core dropped from 65 percent in 2013 to 53 percent across the general population. When asked about the notion of common national education standards without mentioning the Common Core, support was at 68 percent.
* Along with the 30-percentage point drop in approval by teachers, there was a huge jump in opposition, from 12 percent to 40 percent.
* Support among Republicans has dropped from 57 percent in 2013 to 43 percent this year, while Democratic support has barely changed, from 64 percent to 63 percent in 2014.
While teachers unions have been vocal in their opposition to Common Core, the loudest voices have been conservatives who worry about a federal government takeover of the education system. Democrats seem to be blindly trusting the Obama Administration which continually hails Common Core as some step in the right direction.
The architects of Common Core designed it to seem appealing on the basis of universality and accountability. Unfortunately, as former US Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch points out, “No one knows whether these standards are good or bad, whether they will improve academic achievement or widen the achievement gap.”
Though no one may know whether Common Core is good or bad for the education of American public school students, we know it will be very lucrative for the companies supporting Common Core’s adoption and implementation.
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