The Common Core is a new set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math and English at each grade level.
Ohio’s state Board of Education adopted the Common Core in 2010, but in recent months a growing number of parents and other Ohioans have taken stands against the Common Core. Similar movements are happening in other states too.
People oppose the Common Core for a host of reasons, but Bill Evers, a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute, says most of them fall into these big categories:
- Academics who argue the standards won’t ensure high-school graduates are ready for college or jobs;
- Liberals who don’t like the idea of having any standards or any testing; and
- Conservatives who don’t like the idea of any kind of national program.
Many opponents of the Common Core do, of course, fall into multiple categories. And there are plenty of so-called “conservatives” who don’t like testing, “liberals” who decry nationalization, and people who don’t like the Common Core for other reasons.
There is a left or liberal kind of criticism, that doesn’t like any standards or any testing. It just says the teachers are professional, let them have autonomy, let them close the door and we’re not going to test to see if they’re learning the material, we’re not going to give them a list of topics to go through, we’re going to leave that to their professional discretion.
Another set of people that would be unhappy — which I would also belong to — is the people who don’t like the nationalization of things, whether done by the federal government or done by a cartel of states.