Top 10 reasons to oppose Common Core

Jun 15, 2014 by

1. Common Core is a Federal Takeover of Education


The ultimate goal of Common Core is to have every school district follow the same national standards. This is a failed educational approach that will undermine educational quality and choice. States and local communities better know how to design standards based on their students and parents’ needs than Washington bureaucrats.


2. Common Core is Bad for Parents


Parents will not have a say in their child’s education under Common Core. They will not be able to suggest changes to their local school’s standards or enroll their child in another public school with better standards. Common Core would limit parental choice and shut their voices out of their child’s education.


3. Common Core is Bad for Teachers


Teachers would have little control over their classrooms under Common Core. They will be forced to comply with standards decided upon by federal bureaucrat. This leaves little to no room for teachers to innovate to meet the unique needs of their students.


4. Common Core is Bad for Taxpayers


Common Core has a hefty price tag that will be paid by taxpayers in states. Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction estimates that Common Core will cost the state $300 million. California Department of Education estimates it will cost $759 million to implement the nationalized standards.   Common Core will cost taxpayers a lot of money while not improving education quality.


5. Common Core is Bad for Students


Common Core is a one-size-fits-all education policy that assumes every students learns exactly the same. A top down and centrally controlled standards will hurt students’ creativity and learning.  Good education policy realizes that all students have different learning styles, preferences, and paces.


6. Common Core Violates Privacy 


The Race to the Top Grants associated with Common Core violates privacy by “data mining” information about students that will follow them the rest of their lives. The information collected is more than just test scores and academic progress. Common Core will track information on religious practices, political beliefs, “sex behaviors and attitudes”, and more.


7. Common Core Resembles Failed No Child Left Behind Program


A main criticism of the failed No Child Left Behind program is that teachers “teach the test.” This means that students are memorizing rather than learning and critical thinking about information. Common Core would resemble No Child Left Behind by requiring students to take national standardized tests to measure their progress.


8. Common Core is Unconstitutional 


The federal government should not control education. Since education is not specifically listed in the Constitution, the authority over education should be left up to the states and the people. This allows localities from New York City to rural Alabama to design unique curriculums that are best for their students.


9. Common Core Will Require Some States to Move Backwards


Some states have advanced standards that are designed with students and parents in mind. Sandra Stotsky, a professor at the University of Arkansas, who served on the committee to validate Common Core standards said, “The standards dumb American education down by about two grades worth.”   Some states would have to move their standards backwards to comply with Common Core standards.


10. Common Core Is a Failed Education Approach 

Washington has tried one-size-fits-all education approaches time and time again. Centralized education programs have not worked and will never work. The quality of education has only declined over the past few decades. The solution is to get the federal government out of the education business.

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    Jeremy Greene

    First please check out the standards if you’ve never done so:
    Second, I am re-posting from comments on Youtube:
    1. Are the national standards (destination) ones we can use with our own local curriculum (the journey)? Yes.
    2. No, it says nothing to that effect – “students learn the exact same way.” See #1 – you can have your own local curriculum. Also see the standards – is the goal of being able to read, write, and cipher well national, local or both? Both! For a citation on differentiation and CC – see Carol Ann Tomlinson the #1 expert in differentiated instruction. You can also check out CAST and UDL support for CC with caveats…
    3. 1:12 – Somewhat true, you as a parent would have a hard time changing the standards, but you could change curriculum and lessons – same as now!
    4. Not really. Again, see #1. They would be less able to choose the standards. Which makes it harder for them to dumb down. There is nothing saying they can’t progress above the standards – since they are sequential.
    1:55 – unsubstantiated claim.
    5 – are these large expenses. The 5 districts nearest to me where I sit in MA spend that much. In MA there are about 480 school districts and nearly a million students. So if MA spent CA $ – it would be $760 [per student] for a single year. [The costs would be less after this.] A lot? Yes. But much of the $ is for technology improvements which districts hopefully are continually making anyways.
    6. Not sure all of this is true. But k-12 tracking is already happening in states. As an educator I like to be able to see, when necessary, test scores from previous grades.
    7. UNLESS, the test tests for critical thinking…see tests at the PARCC and SBAC websites.
    8. Untrue. States opt in and as is clear to anyone who follows the news – opt out.
    9. Untrue. Supposedly MA has the best standards. When CC first came out many, including me, said these are awesome standards (I am a humanities person, so it is possible the math aren’t up to par, but not from what I’ve seen) Please check out the standards yourself: 10. Agreed that some math problems are difficult, but the overall program from what I can tell is better than what it replaces in all 50 states. And I have not run into a math problem I could not solve yet. Then again, my mother was a math teacher ; )
    10. Untrue. Not tested. And the leading countries in the world, all have more nationalized curricula.

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