In a 2014 poll, Education Next—which has been polling American adults annually since 2007—finds that despite the fact there has been little change in polling results over the past 7 years, that’s not true of public support for Common Core:
- In 2013, 65% of the public supported the standards. In 2014, it’s 53%. That’s a 17.2% decline in just 1 year.
- In 2013 13% of those polled are opposed to Common Core. In 2014, it’s 26%. That’s a 100% increase.
So much for the public. Teacher opposition is also growing:
- In 2013, 76% of teachers supported Common Core and 12% opposed it. In 2014, only 46% support and 40% oppose it. That represents a 39.5% decline and 333% increase, respectively.
Yes, indeed. The more the public learns what’s in the Common Core, the more they’re realizing they don’t like it. That’s very good news. However, it’s likely meaningless news, as implementation of the Common Core continues apace with 43 states having already implemented it. The 3 states that have opted out of the Common Core—Indiana, South Carolina, and Oklahoma—are caricatured as out-of-step and backwards-thinking, knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.
But, it’s those so-called “progressive states” that have it wrong. Education is a “reserved right” belonging to the states NOT the federal government. Once a supporter of the Common Core, Governor Fallin of Oklahoma offered an accurate assessment of what is really going on with the Common Core:
Unfortunately, federal overreach has tainted common core. President
Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped common core in
an attempt to influence state education standards.
As Governor Fallin noted, Oklahoma would develop standards that are “better than common core.” Yes, every state should. It’s their constitutional responsibility.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Education Next posts, click on the following links:
"No Common Opinion on the Common Core."
"2014 Education Next Survey: A Visual Breakdown."