Many conservatives have known from the get-go that Common Core was a bad idea, but it appears that public school parents from all walks of life are starting to get the message. A new poll from Gallup shows that 35% of parents now have a negative view of the standards. That’s a seven percent increase since April, which can’t come as welcome news to the federal government.
Unfortunately, this still leaves the majority of parents with a favorable view of the standards. Worse, 65% still believe in national education standards as a concept, meaning we could see Common Core replaced with something just as bad once the heat gets too ferocious to ignore.
All of this points to a failure on the part of conservatives and Republicans to get the message across clearly. While you’ll never convince big-government liberals that Common Core is the wrong choice for our public schools, it’s astounding that it still has this much support from independents and the apolitical. This is federal intrusion at its worst, and it has damning ramifications for our students, our teachers, and the independence of our states.
Federal Education Standards Are Liberalism In Practice
The evidential support for federal education standards is nonexistent. Even if such evidence did exist, it certainly couldn’t be used to argue in favor of Common Core. One of the worst set of standards ever devised by man, the system is especially dangerous for elementary school students. Against all available scientific evidence, Common Core launches an ocean’s worth of information onto kindergartners, leaving many students frustrated, confused, and desperate.
It’s not surprising that liberals would support Common Core. It is based on the same “humans are statistics” approach to philosophy that enables liberalism to exist at all. The focus on improving education needs to be directed towards hiring excellent teachers who can be trusted to do their jobs. Common Core takes the individualism out of education, pushing kids through a system designed for Mr. Average.
Supposedly, Common Core standards are voluntary. States may opt out if they choose. Of course, the voluntary nature of the standards is undercut when there is federal money hanging in the balance. States that desperately need those funds can’t afford to tell the feds to take a hike. Furthermore, with college exams being redesigned to reflect the same standards, students who aren’t being taught to the tests will be at a decided disadvantage. All of this without a single drop of evidence that this is what’s best for the future of education.
I’m not sure when politicians are going to realize this, but there is no magic formula that’s going to give us the best education system in the world. Even if there was, we seem to be doing our best to ignore what has worked in other countries. Hint: higher-paid, more qualified teachers and year-round school schedules are among the most promising. Instead, every ten years or so we get some new crap that’s supposed to turn things around. It won’t.
Common Core is awful, but until we recognize that any federal standards are just so much political nonsense, the debate over what to do about education will continue to rage on.