The support for the Common Core standards has been steadily taking a nose-dive for the better part of the year with the public and parents of school aged kids. Now teacher support of the standards has also dropped by 30% in just one year from 76% to 46% in the latest EducationNext poll.
If you want to read a really great explanation of the drop in teacher support that puts Fordham’s Mike Petrilli to shame with a long list including “lying”, “slander” and “shut up” , go read this article at Huffington Post: How the Common Core Lost Teacher Support . I won’t spoil it with a big excerpt, but here is one of my favorite portions under the section “backpedaling”:
“But the thing about CCSS implementation is that Core boosters got to do everything that they said they wanted to. So if the implementation messed things up that either means 1) they don’t know what they’re talking about or 2) the Core really are that bad.”
Some more interesting notes from the poll:
The first question related to Common Core is on page 13 and says, “Before today,have you ever heard of the Common Core State standards?”. The answer is stunning for African Americans and Hispanics with 75% and 72% having never heard of them respectively. Yet we have seen La Raza and the NAACP pushing Common Core despite evidence Common Core will increase achievement gaps and serves at risk kids poorly.
Questions 31a and 31b were interesting. Support increased when you removed the name Common Core from the question. Polling on the name of Common Core itself must have made the day for Education officials and the Core Cabal trying to pull off rebrand attempts.
Also of note was the 44% of the participants who were teachers were also in a union.
*Crossposted at StopCommonCoreNC.org