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Poll: Rising Opposition to Common Core Everywhere

These results are significant, since they chip away at key assertions made by the backers of Common Core.

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What a difference a year makes. Public support for the Common Core national education standards is rapidly eroding, and teachers—formerly in favor of Common Core—now join Republicans in solid opposition to it.

The numbers come courtesy of an Education Next poll. In 2013, 65 percent of people supported Common Core. That number fell to a slim 53 percent majority this year—much of that support coming from Democrats, who remained largely unchanged in their overall opinion.

The results for both Republicans and teachers are even more staggering, however. The Republican numbers changed from 57 percent in favor to just 43 percent in favor and the teachers changed from 76 percent in favor to 46 percent.

These results are significant, since they chip away at key assertions made by the backers of Common Core. The backers have often maintained that opposition to Common Core stems from misinformation and that those who understand the new standards best—i.e., teachers—liked them just fine. That is clearly no longer true.

The poll does demonstrate support among people for the general concept of national standards when the Common Core label is dropped from the questions. And it's true that many people remain unclear on exactly what the standards entail: According to the poll, most people think the federal government required the states to adopt, when in reality the feds merely incentivized states to adopt by offering grant money in exchange for compliance. Teachers, however, have a much more accurate comprehension of the standards than the general public and are against them in greater proportions. It's hard to see that as much of a vindication for Core backers.

More from Reason on Common Core here.

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  1. “What a difference a year makes. Public support for the Common Core national education standards is rapidly eroding, and teachers?formerly in favor of Common Core?now join Republicans in solid opposition to it.”

    That’s what happens when you try to put into practice a bunch of half-assed theory dreamed up by do-gooders with too much money and bureaucrats with too little to do.

  2. I’ve read some of the common core standards. They too ambitious in my opinion, but are generally pretty straight forward. But it is important to note that the standard for what a child should know at any point implies nothing about how that knowledge should be taught. It’s the methodology of teaching the knowledge that is totally fucked up from what I have read.

    The lesson is that giving an education standard to a crew of public-union teachers produces roughly the same outcome as giving a safety regulation to a public-union inspector. The result is at cross purposes to the original intent.

  3. Even among millennials?

    1. There should be a poll or something.

  4. Teachers, however, have a much more accurate comprehension of the standards than the general public and are against them in greater proportions.

    Ummhmm. Or else they figured out Common Core meant they had to actually do something.

  5. Alternative alt-text:
    “What, me worry?”

  6. Sammy JoJo is not going to like that.

    http://www.Anon-Surf.tk

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