Much like the debate over health care, supporters of Common Core are busy making up excuses as to why it's so unpopular. The results of new standardized testing are so low, that parents are actually being told not to compare it to old ones.
The fact is the popularity of the Common Core initiative has plummeted throughout the nation since 45 states rather abruptly signed onto it to get a quick influx of federal cash.
The annual Education Next poll on school reform recently found that national support for Common Core has continued its descent from 65 percent in 2013, to 53 percent in 2014, and now to 49 percent this year. Additionally, the annual PDK/Gallup poll found that 54 percent of respondents opposed teachers’ use of the Common Core standards in America’s classrooms.
GOP presidential contender Gov. Mike Huckabee referred to the Common Core label as “toxic,” and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush just recently termed it “poisonous,” though he clearly still endorses the reform and realizes his support is now a weight around his neck that is contributing to his demise as a presidential candidate.
In addition, former Bush administration education senior policy adviser Ze’ev Wurman wrote recently that Common Core is “dead,” while Cato Institute’s Neal McCluskey, in reviewing new poll numbers, described the education reform as “crashing.”
Similarly, the Boston Globe acknowledged last month that the federally funded Common Core test consortium known as PARCC is in a “death spiral.”
THE BLAME GAME
Proponents of Common Core are busy attempting to excuse and justify why it has failed so miserably, some saying it wasn't implemented correctly, others blaming the “opt-out” option, still others saying teachers weren't taught the proper way to teach these new methods and processes….. but the bottom line is the “stadard” which doesn't not account in the differences of individual children has created a process where all children are treated as if they have “learning difficulties.”
Opponents of Common Core truly need no argument other than “seeing” what we saw in the video above to understand why Common Core should be tossed in the garbage can forever.
Rather than paper-and-pencil multiple choice tests, the new exams are designed to be taken by tablet or computer. Instead of being given a selection of answers to choose, students must show how they got their answer. Answer correctly and get a more difficult question. Answer incorrectly, get an easier one.
If Common Core is part of a government plan to dumb down future generations, let's hope its popularity keeps spiraling downwards. The liberal agenda might involve destroying America, but perhaps this is a sign of people waking up.