February 24, 2014

Common Core Is a Uniter, Not a Divider: Groups From Across the Political Spectrum Are Blasting It

Filed under: Activism,Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:48 am

Criticism of Common Core from sensible conservatives, known in the establishment press as “the far right,” is well known.

Criticism from the teachers’ unions, better understood as “the designated indocrinators of the far left,” is far less known, but real (links are in original; bolds are mine):

The NEA once enthusiastically supported Common Core, making (National Education Association President Dennis) Van Roekel’s criticism noteworthy. POLITICO said it meant a “rocky road ahead for the Common Core standards” and would “give opponents of Common Core a boost.”

In his letter, Van Roekel stops short of completely abandoning Common Core, calling instead for a “course correction” to fix implementation.

“NEA members have a right to feel frustrated, upset, and angry about the poor commitment to implementing the standards correctly,” Van Roekel writes.

The National Education Association’s concerns come nearly a year after the American Federation of Teachers raised problems with implementation of the standards. AFT President Randi Weingarten said, “they simply don’t get it in Washington.” She also called the implementation of Common Core worse than HealthCare.gov.

Just last month, New York State United Teachers, part of AFT, voted to pull its support for Common Core. The union consists of 600,000 members in New York.

The one thing the teachers’ unions should do unanimously is call for repeal. Other the New York group, I doubt it will happen.


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