If you are like the 81% of Americans surveyed, you probably are not a big fan of the Common Core according to a recent PDK/Gallap poll. This recent poll shows that 60% oppose them, but for some very, very different reasons. This was reported in Education Week.
Overall, the wide-ranging survey found, 81 percent of those polled said they had heard about the common standards, compared with 38 percent last year. However, 60 percent oppose the standards, generally because they believe the standards will limit the flexibility that teachers have to teach what they think is best. Last year's poll did not specifically ask respondents whether or not they supported the standards.
The poll also highlighted a partisan split in opinion on the common core: 76 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of independents said they oppose the standards. Democrats were the only category of respondents polled in which a majority said they support the standards, 53 percent in favor compared to 38 percent opposed.So what do Republicans and Independents dislike about the Common core according to the article?
A majority of Republicans, public school parents, and independents also agreed that the common core is not challenging enough, despite the fact that many education analysts have found them to be more rigorous than most previous state standards (with the exception of Massachusetts and California).For many educators the problem with the Common Core is not so much the standards, but it is the way those standards are implemented. There was this big rush to start testing with the Common Core. The call is to continue to attach teachers evaluations to those tests, and a push by some to direct specific instruction. There has also been a lot of misinformation about the government using this to brainwash our children. Terry Holliday, a supporter and education leader in Kentucky, explains part of the problem:
Holliday also said the rush by states to implement requirements linked to waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act "connected the common core with a federal overreach," which didn't help. "And the rush to implement the standards has led to inadequate support for teachers, inadequate communication with our public, and led to a major pushback from our teachers who [are skeptical] of connecting the common core to teacher development," he said.As the President of the American Federation of Teachers stated in the article that the Common Core should be guides and separated from testing.
One other thing that was reported in the poll: The biggest obstacle facing schools is lack of financial support.
A lack of financial support was named as the top challenge facing public schools by 32 percent in response to an open-ended question, the only problem to draw a double-digit response.Welcome back to school everyone! Keep you eyes on the prize!