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The Three Types of People Who Oppose the Common Core

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There are three kinds of people who don’t like the Common Core, our colleagues at StateImpact Indiana report.

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:

  1. Academics who argue the standards won’t ensure high-school graduates are ready for college or jobs;
  2. Liberals who don’t like the idea of having any standards or any testing; and
  3. 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.

Bill Evers tells StateImpact Indiana he falls into the first category.  And as for the two other groups:

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.



  • Dr. D. K. Hicks

    Common Core assumes that all children learn all things at the same rate or master concepts at the same point in time. Real learning does not happen like that, especially if you are learning multiple abstract concepts at the same time. Not many people are experts on every thing: that is why they are the expert in…Common Core does not account for maturational development that occurs on a different second, minute, hour, day, month, and year for each student. The “Aha, by jove, I’ve got it” light bulb is not switched on at the same time for each learner. Therefore, what happens when each child is tested? Some child is left behind and the teacher is to blame. Learning is social, emotional, biologic, and should be respected as such not tested as such. I do believe, however, that there should be an expectation that each grade should be “taught” similar material. In that way, student students travel from district to state, they will not miss too much and can catch up, somehow, with the missed topics. Passing a test does not mean mastery or future synthesis.

  • kimhil

    It’s not that the federal government is forcing teaching standards, its forced acceptance to the feds priorities, which don’t seem to help the child become an educated adult, unless you want another “useful idiot”/gov. ideals supporter. Agenda 21 and common core are related, as is Obama and his communist father, who few care about, and liberation theology – we are a nation of “useful idiots”.

  • kimhil

    If you are concerned about the homework, and standards teachers are forced to conform with, many others are too – utahagainstcommoncore, and ohioagainstcommoncore are also trying to do something about the one size fits all socialistic agenda getting forced onto a once semi-republic nation.

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