More States Rejecting Common Core

More and more states are withdrawing from participation in Common Core, the one-size-fits-all education scheme pushed by the federal government.

Widespread frustration with Common Core–parents, teachers, and students alike are pushing back–is leading more states to take back their education autonomy.

Heritage education expert Lindsey Burke explains that Ohio is the latest state to buck the standards.

What do you think of this push back against Common Core?

Comments (154)

Wayne Rollis - September 19, 2014

I t great that schools are finaly getting a lite back bone and standing up gto the comunist goverment

Pati Luisi - September 19, 2014

PA will also step away from Common Core if we re-elect Gov. Corbett.

leon James - September 19, 2014

I think the whole school system stinks. what needs to be taught is HOW TO WORK.!!! one doesn’t have to read and write to be able to earn a living. but to not be able to read and write, and not know how to work either, is pathetic .But ,oh boy, can they kick a football ball .

Colleen Olhausen - September 19, 2014

The states push against Common Core is entirely justified,and in my view, a positive move for better education. The US has lost rank in the field of educating it’s children in spite of the fact that it spends more money than any nation to do so. Common Core is designed to make the situation even worse.

mach37 - September 19, 2014

I have mainly been following the math side of Common Core. What I have seen amounts to requiring ALL students to use math techniques that are only necessary for blockheads. Requiring all student to go through the convoluted processes of arriving at a correct result is counter-productive for students of average or higher math ability. Only the dunderheads (not being disrespectful, my sister was one when it came to math) might benefit from plodding through the various steps that most kids don’t need.

Betsy Jackson - September 19, 2014

I think it is absolutely wonderful that states are beginning to push back against Common Core. I have looked at the curriculum, and it appears designed to dumb down and confuse our children in both math and science, and in social studies there is an obvious liberal bias. It must go as it is not good for our children or our nation.

James Skarda - September 19, 2014

Just follow the money to see what Common Core is all about.

Charles Pirnat - September 19, 2014

Education is best handled at the local and state levels in that order with no interference from the federal government.

James Cowen - September 19, 2014

I’m from ohio and I’ sure hope they opt out

Andrew Phipps - September 19, 2014

The Federal Government should not be involved in education. I went to grammar school, high school and graduated from a state university before the Dept. of Edu. was established and did just fine. Leave it to the states and local governments. Abolish the Department of Education…period!!!!

John Boston - September 19, 2014

Common Core is just the latest example of the failure of our public education system since the Federal Deptparment of Educaction came into being in 1977(?). Since then our children have gone from being no.1 in the World in meeting education standards to the middle twentys. One size does not fit all. We are a very diverse Country and the same teaching methods do not work in NYC as in Baker, OR. We need to get back to local control of educating our children and keep the Federal Government out of it!

Sandra - September 19, 2014

HURRAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elizabeth Holloway - September 19, 2014

It’s great that states are taking power back into their own hands. Common Core was done by those who do not teach but who want mass propaganda accepted as education. I hope it dies a quicker death.

David Schoffstall - September 19, 2014

Common Core from what I have seen is rediciously cumbersome. The states should take control of education. The federal government bureaucracy has demonstrated for decades that it is totally inept when it comes to developing and implementing successful educational programs for our children.

Rich Moos - September 19, 2014

Get rid of it. Go back to basics

Rusty Darby - September 19, 2014

My friend cannot understand his child’s math and cannot help him with his homework. The child is in the second grade. Go figure!

bruce sanford - September 19, 2014

Common Core attempts to groom our kids to be good Progressive citizens. There is so much wrong with it. I hope it dies a quick death!

alma - September 19, 2014

Common Core is another federal power grab. Schools, administrators, teachers, students, etc. should be entirely under local and state control. Teachers Unions should not be federalized! and subject to our Right to Work law.

DON PAUGH - September 19, 2014

COMMON CORE POSES THE MOST DANGER TO OUR COUNTRY AND PERSONAL FREEDOM WITH CENTRAL GOVERNMENT GUIDING OUR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION. IT MUST BE DISMANTLED OR WE SHALL SURELY DESCEND INTO THE MORASS OF SOCIALISM.

william k anderson - September 19, 2014

I have not heard positive thins and cause I have no children have no ‘skin in the game’ but am not for this change/update.
thanks for reading

Gene - September 19, 2014

We as a people have to be vigilant when it involves the education of our children. We cannot allow history to be re-written in a liberal cant, nor can we allow their education to be dummied down to accommodate the under achievers.

David Nelson - September 19, 2014

Common Core is causing nothing but confusion and anxiety in elementary school children. The “learning process” is complex and confusing. It’s creating strife between parents and their children, and the grading process accomplishes nothing other than ensuring all children are graded based upon the lowest common denominator. If the end game is to strive for Common mediocrity , than the academic Socialist brain trust is off to a grand start!

Marie Sorensen - September 19, 2014

I find it quite disturbing that Pearson Publishing has bought up the majority of our US education text book publishing companies and they now have control of the content that goes in the text books. I am also concerned that the FERPA laws have changed and students private information can be shared with third parties. Parents need to be informed on these serious issues. I have seen the content in some of the Common Core text books in English/ LA. They have turned in to nothing more than political propaganda. The new history books are bias against the US. Parents should be concerned. Why would we want to raise this generation to feel unpatriotic towards there own country? Get involved. Know what is in your children’s text books. Common Core is not a positive change. We now have a Federal curriculum under the guise of CC State Standards.

Bonnie - September 19, 2014

Orange County, CA Board of Education is holding meetings in October and November with pro/con panels, Q & A, and time for public input. These have come about because of the enormous amount of negative public comment being given at BOE meetings against CCSS for a number of months now. We are hoping that CA will be among the states pushing back soon!

Deborah Oliphant - September 19, 2014

Gov O’Malley (D) of Maryland, accepted Obamacare exchanges (didn’t work, now, like Oregon, being investigated by the FBI), quickly embraced Common Core (there’s people across the state running for office against Common Core — billboards everywhere), and O’Malley figured out a way to tax the rainfall. So, America, consider yourselves warned: This is the same Democrat jackass who is hoping to run for president in 2016! Don’t say you didn’t know!

Suny - September 19, 2014

Takes education out of the teacher’s hands.

Marc Noel - September 19, 2014

Keep the government out of the education system and anyone else who wants anything other than true education for our children. This means the basics to be an independent thinking individual that learns that to be a success comes to those that work.

Dennis J. Sullivan - September 19, 2014

If the demonstration of solving math problems shown recently on television is any example of the program, then all states should back out.
I have never seen such a complicated method of solving a simple problem in my life.

art dormann - September 19, 2014

federal govt is incompetent. states should take back all the responsibilities for its citizens as soon as it can arrange to do so. get the fed back into its constitutional box.

c.gabor - September 19, 2014

I think we should reject any overreach of this government. I am for government getting out of my wallet, my mortgage, my medical, my privacy. I am against how this president has left America unprotected which I also find treasonous. He has left our borders unprotected and now he wants to send our troops in harms way to Africa re: ebola. He is trying to do everything he can to destroy the American citizen and our homeland.

Laurel Sobie - September 19, 2014

I am excited to witness this pushback. I have been watching, in horror, as our school systems have demonstrated that they are sleeping on the job. Accepting at face value, without further investigation, this very destructive and frustrating curriculum.

ChuckL - September 19, 2014

The justification for “Common Core” is easily understood if you read “Brave New World” and “1984”.

Carol Bartz - September 19, 2014

Our schools need to be teaching real history. Not someone’s convoluted idea of what it should be. Our students do not need to be exposed to pornography that our Senators would not even listen to. Keep pushing back!

ChuckL - September 19, 2014

“One size fits all is a guarantee of mediocrity as the best result. It goes down from there.

Mary E. Zuniga - September 19, 2014

Children who need extra help, perhaps due to English not being their first lang. or due to learning disabilities that need special skills teaching, should be provided a means of overcoming at their pace and students who are fast learners should be allowed to accelerate their pace or have extra curricular studies added to keep them interested and involved in learning.
COMMON CORE – “One fits all” can create frustration in some children and boredom in others. I agree with those who feel they should not follow COMMON CORE in their State.

Karen McQuate - September 19, 2014

I am a retired teacher of 25 years and I have seen a lot of changes, but I don’t want to see the watered down history of our country and lack of respect for our founders and our constitution. Most of all I don’t want the federal government controlling the learning of our children and grandchildren. That should be local decisions or at the least on a state level.

Trudy Stanford - September 19, 2014

I am actively working to eradicate Nevada’s Common Core. The more people learn about it the worse it gets, our children can not be subjected to this. I also actively support Grace Christian Academy which is affiliated with my church. I know many home schooling parents as well. No one should send their children to public schools if they seek a good education and wish to build good character, the damage Common Core does is irreparable. I listed the website of those with whom I work.

Carolyn - September 19, 2014

Yay!! Finally..they are stopping “dumbing down” our kids!! Let them learn to think, reason and figure it out like we did!! I can still add 9 plus 16 in a heartbeat!!! And in my head!!! Pray more states follow dropping Common Core.” I don’t want Bill Gates having access to all of my children and grand children’s educational and performance data!! Quite frankly, it’s none of his d—d business!

David Winter - September 19, 2014

I do not support “common core”. I support eliminating the national department of education. I support free choice in schools. Parents should choose where their kids go to school. My parents did not go to public school. My wife and I and our kids only attended a few years of public high school. We paid for church school education. But we have still had to pay for public education our entire life.

Dean Moede - September 19, 2014

The uproar against ‘Common Core’ is just beginning …..
There is absolutely NO DOUBT that having the Federal Gov’t prescribe the ‘order’ of public instruction and eliminating more and more local input – will spell a quick end to the liberal flow —- even the teachers within the Teachers UNION will call for an end to the demands and ridiculous methods employed in ‘common core’
AND AMEN to that — it can’t come soon enough for this Wisconsinite ……. Dean Moede

Dennis Winters - September 19, 2014

Every education program that the Federal government gets involved with has proven to be wasteful and not improve education overall and in most if not all cases it makes it worse. Keeping education under local control is by far the best option.

James Bennett - September 19, 2014

Pushing back against the “common core” curriculum is in keeping with the original intent of the constitution, which envisioned each state to be the arbiter of the educational process. It is not included in Article One Section Eight as a federal duty and because the constitution limits the federal government, it is left to the states and the people.

It is simple read the document and heed, as envisioned by the founders.

Robert Strimpel - September 19, 2014

Feds do not know the needs of children better than parents or teachers..
Nor does Bill Gates the leading killer of unborn children in the world..

Dr. Kenneth Nolde - September 19, 2014

The common core, as presented, is not conducive to good learning. It is a biased system that is: state-centered, convoluted, and simply continues the present system of catering to the Teacher’s Union, not the children.

Glenn Smith - September 19, 2014

Every effort to keep education under local control must be pursued. Get Uncle Sam our of our lives.

Bob Albright - September 19, 2014

I am not in favor of common core. I don’t believe enough study was given to it and rather than dumping al of the USA’s students into it, a trial should have been run in several states to get out the wrinkles. I believe it is an unproven and POOR teaching system that states endorsed in order to take the bribe ( large money grants from the federal govt. and the Gates Foundation). It should be scraped!

susan miller - September 19, 2014

I believe as said to me by a sixth grader that it dumbs a
a person down, he said he already knew what they were
trying to teach and you could never get into college with
this one program fits all. Should be rejected by all states.
Susan Miller
One program will never fit all.

William W Resser - September 19, 2014

Just another means of trying to dumb down our kids!!!

Billy Mullins - September 19, 2014

It is almost unbelievable that the Dept. of (un) education continues to come up with new ways regularly to prevent our school teachers at the local levels doing their job.
My wife taught for 27 years and at the end of her career she was so disappointed with what the teachers were forced to teach while watching her students being short changed by a failing system. We must dismantle the Federal Dept. of Education. Return education of our children back to the state and local levels is our only hope.
Elect representatives who will follow the constitution and not sell out to the highest bidder.

Harvey R. Tuck MIT ’49 - September 19, 2014

Common Core has some value but doesn’t recognize student differences. Three hundred million people have heard of “No child Left Behind” except one….GOD keeps making them different.
We should ability group in grades 1-6. For example with five classrooms of 110 students in the 2nd grade, place 17 below average in one room and 27 above average in another classroom. The remainder are average and placed in three rooms.
With only 17 students the teacher can go at a slower pace but make sure they learn. The teacher will have no trouble with the 27 above average and can challenge them. When they move to the 3rd grade make some changes. By the end of the 6th grade 80-90 percent will be at grade level or above. 10-20 percent may be half a grade behind but that is much better than many public schools especially in urban areas.

Patricia Schully - September 19, 2014

I am relieved that so many states have seen the ridiculous requirements that Common Core puts on our students. There is no purpose to adding the burden of extra written work and calculation of math problems. Students are busy enough with the necessary work of learning, and do not need to be aggravated with more time-consuming steps that have no purpose in their learning pathway. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to reply.

Scott A Herkert - September 19, 2014

The teachers and parents, are the ones that know
what is best for each student. Not the federal government.

Barbara Piechocki - September 19, 2014

Common Core is not acceptable education. It is brainwashing at its core, the dumbing down and making the student into a robotic machine. It does not encourage right and wrong or creative thinking, but anything goes, as long as you can explain/defend it, even if it is totally wrong.

Barbara Davidson - September 19, 2014

Pa did downsize the number of tests given. We do not do the PARCC or the Smarter Balance because we convinced the feds we would align the PSSA and Keystones with common core. If a state took Race To The Top money,they have to do the testings. The testings are all about data mining the children. This info is sent to Harrisburg who then sends it to the Feds who can then send it on to anyone. Bill Gates and Pearson publishing met with UNESÇO to give the info to the UN.
Gov Tom Corbett had a press release come out on September 8th 2014 wanting to “eradicate” common core.
PACC { Pennsylvanias Against Common Core} is actively working to have new standards written.Also a new grassroots group in Butler Pa ATACC America Turning Against Common Core is making some waves. If Tom Wolfe wins the gubernatorial race, we are in trouble.

LTC Charles R. Elam, III - September 19, 2014

The gov’t needs to stay out the education of America’s youth. Everything this administration touches turns into a four alarm disaster.

Harvey R. Tuck MIT ’49 - September 19, 2014

Common Core has some value but doesn’t recognize student differences. three hundred million people have heard of “No child Left Behind” except one…GOD keeps making them different.
We should ability group in grades 1-6. for example with five classrooms of 110 students in the 2nd grade, place 17 below average in one room and 27 above average in another classroom. The remainder are average and placed in three rooms.
With only 17 students the teacher can go at a slower pace but make sure they learn. The teacher will have no trouble with the 27 above average and can challenge them. When they move to the 3rd grade make some changes. By the end of the 6th grade 80-90 percent will be at grade level or above. 10-20 percent may be half a grade behind but that is much better than many public schools especially in urban areas.

Don - September 19, 2014

We in Georgia have been exposing the pitfalls of Common Core for over two years. Education is a State, local government and parent concern. Sending money to the Federal Government so they can send part of it back, homogenizing our children and dumbing down those better students is hurting the child and our Country.

Gary M. Rose - September 19, 2014

Based on some of the methods used in common core
especially in arithmetic, I can understand why there is so many people against it. Any program like this also take the parent out of the equation and that is not a good idea.

Sandy Elliot - September 19, 2014

My letter to Editor printed yesterday:

Regarding WA Supreme Court’s decision against legislators —the Court is in violation of State Constitution. The Constitution’s job description for the House of Representatives is to fund a budget passed by both Senate and House. The “paramount duty” for the State is to fund education, some think that is at least 50% of the budget. The scenario implies that whoever controls education funding could drive the taxes levied for all state services.

The “reform education” legislation foisted upon WA is a federal mandate, Common Core Standards, emanating from Obama Administration. The ransom for our acceptance was all federal dollars, including the support for special needs students. Ellensburg School District could not afford those services if sole support were local levy dollars.

The so-called “standards” do not necessarily include improved quality. The outlandishly expensive experiment with Standards began in 1993 when the Business Roundtable, currently “ACHIEVE” headed by Boeing Corp were persuaded by their consultant Ronn Robinson, then executive director of Bellevue Teachers Union, to spend three contracts on Marc Tucker, National Center for Education and the Economy; the last of the three — $27million. The third was to sell the public on “outcome-based”, or standards-based education modeled after business guru Deming’s TQM, Total Quality Management. The model requires ever-evolving changes. In the case of education that moving target has proven too rich with no apparent improvements, except those contrived.

Hundreds of guru education consultants later, WA Legislature and school districts have little to show for their billions of tax dollars invested. The classroom has been drained of financial resources, and thousands of education hours spent by excellent instructors side-lined to meetings and additional contrived credentials.

For Business to experiment with various management practices can be expensive, but is reversible. For Public Education to dabble with germ ideas is quite another matter. At risk is not the financial blessings from interested stock holders, but the lives and futures of thousands of public school students mandated by law to participate in the “laboratory” classrooms.

School Board Directors were assured there was no loss for “local decision-making”, especially regarding curriculum and budgets. But as students’ answers with on-line testing are evaluated, only if the response is a proscribed method, will they receive credit — right or wrong answer. Correct answers may not count if their work is not according to the curriculum. The result is another monopoly in education industry, among publishers and technology giants.

The on-line testing software was developed by Bill Gates’ Microsoft. The students must be taught on Microsoft platform or they may declare a “disability” during testing — they must be familiar with the technology. Once trained on IP computers the students will most likely become life-long consumers. That drives the higher education facilities to make accommodating IP investments also. Who exactly is the wizard behind the reform education curtain?

Is it any wonder certain State Legislators are bucking the Supreme Court?

Sandy Elliot
former ESD School Director

Patricia Taylor - September 19, 2014

I don’t think Common Core is good for the schools.
They have taken some history out of the history books that
I think are important. They also are teaching numbers to
the children that parents can’t help with with homework.
It is also hard for the children to learn. I think they need to
put the arithmetic and history that we studied . It was hard
enouigh for us to learn. Common Core dumbs down the
students so they will be dumb. The next generation needs as much education( good education) so they can
hendle life in general.

Fred Ort - September 19, 2014

I have no detailed nor intimate knowledge of Common Core. The limited exposure I did see showed an elaborate way to add and subtract that “eliminated” the need to memorize addition, and subtraction material. It seemed to me that that more elaborate approach was more of a hindrance than an advance, I have a fear that the over complication of what should be rote knowledge will be lost over time by the individual and recalling the technique lost with it. A memorized arithmetic table , once learned well, will never leave you,

Richard - September 19, 2014

The teachers whine about the extra work needed to teach something that other teachers in nearby communities thought was important. This thing came from the states. The biggest problem with it is that it’s too easy and it does not cover all of their teaching about the wonders of multiculturalism, mixed race marriages and socialism.

Mr Bruce Baker - September 19, 2014

My daughter began 6th grade this year and brought home some math homework. She is in a gifted and talented school and has never had a problem being able to understand math concepts but the problems she had were giving her problems. I looked at them and they seemed very simple, especially for 6th grade so I asked where the problem was and she began all of these weird gyrations to solve these simple problems. I could not understand what she was doing and then I learned it was Common Core and I was flabbergasted. What in the world are they doing to our children and we are allowing them to do this.

Florence Smith - September 19, 2014

I am a kindergarten through 8th grade reading teacher who uses Common Core Standards. They are high standards. They should be very beneficial to our students if they are used as written. I am also a Republican precinct committeeman. States are rejecting Common Core because there are some individuals such as Jane Robbins, Dr. Milgram, Sandra Stotsky, etc. who are spreading falsehoods about Common Core. These individuals have gone to parent meetings and state meetings spreading their falsehoods. Please see “Critics’ math doesn’t add up” (edexcellence.net/commentary/education-gadfly-daily/common-core-watch/2013/critics-math-doesnt-add-up.html) to see how Dr. Milgram’s “mischaracterization of the standards is extreme.” There are over 30 falsehoods or mischaracterizations that I have found in Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty’s “Controlling Education from the Top.” If you are interested in them, please contact me at [email protected] and I will send you a copy. Stotsky seems to have made a career going around presenting against Common Core. “Sandra Stotsky’s Baseless Common Core Mythmaking” points out some of the mischaracterizations that she promotes. (http://dropoutnation.net/2013/06/21/more-common-core-mythmaking-sandra-stotsky-and-pioneer-institute-division/) “Stotsky Pounds the Table” also addresses her “misinformation and falsehoods.” (http://www.edexcellence.net/commentary/education-gadfly-daily/common-core-watch/2013/stotsky-pounds-the-table.html)

A simple reading of websites like corestandards.org/about-the-standards/myths-vs-facts/ and highercorestandardsorg/myth-vs-fact/ will quickly show that there are many falsehoods being spread to frighten parents.

I see these standards as a chance to greatly improve the education of our American students. They have great phonics standards. They have students doing a lot of thinking. (Look at the standards that start “Compare and contrast,” “Analyze,” “Evaluate,” etc) These standards have students reading several foundational documents of American history. It greatly saddens me that we have a chance to improve our children’s education with a great set of standards, and we are listening to people who are severely mischaracterizing what these standards are.

Don Long - September 19, 2014

Although we live in a mobile society, and I believe in a “basic” academic foundation to support this mobility, I think all facets of education should be mandated at the state level.

Ronald Everett - September 19, 2014

The idea that one size fits all is never correct and one of the worst things that could happen is to have our schools under the control of the Federal Government. Even people running our schools are being misled or not smart enough to know what’s happening. The Asst. Supervisor of the Rocky River School System in Ohio informed the School Board that Common Core has no evolvement In curriculum. Really.

Jo Ann Martin - September 19, 2014

I live in OK and I’m thrilled we have defeated Common Core. It would be a detriment to our kids.

bill larson - September 19, 2014

I don’t know how It has made it past the courts since education is clearly a state right according to the constitution. The first instance of it coming in front of a court the whole thing should be thrown out. It is so clearly unconstitutional that a judge should not even have to think about it.

Don - September 19, 2014

Common Core Curriculum is is bad for our country. It is dumbing down our children. It forces one lesson plan for all children discouraging creativity.

Justine - September 19, 2014

I agree, we should push back on Common Core. It’s nothing more than another way for the government to control the people and push their agenda on to our children and through them to the rest of our population. It’s wrong on so many levels and must be resisted with all that we have. Our liberties, freedom and our soveriegnty is at steak.

Martin Meaders - September 19, 2014

I want my state to throw it out. I will see our governor Monday and will urge him to kill it.

John Mellott - September 19, 2014

Department of Education should be done away with
and education should be placed in the States hands.
Keep the Federal out of education.

james wightman - September 19, 2014

I HAVE 34 SUCCESSFUL TEACHING YEARS–I BELIEVE THIS IS A PRODUCT OF THOSE WHO WOULD “REGIMENTIZE” OUR POPULATION BY STARTING WITH THE YOUTH FIRST——AND FORGET ABOUT ALL THAT HTML STUFF

elizabeth - September 19, 2014

I hope a majority of the states will reject Common Core. In years past I thought those who called for the abolition of the DOE were reaching a bit too far, but I have since changed my opinion.

Madalyn A. McGoun - September 19, 2014

Reference: States backing out/rejecting Common Core. Thank God! Common Core never should have been rammed down the states to begin with. Federal Government should keep their noses out of education and let the states do what they know is best for the children of each state!!!

dennis - September 19, 2014

It’s great to hear the states are rejecting this factory model education system. Our school system is broken but this is much more of the same thing. dlc

Bill - September 20, 2014

This pushback is a good thing. The feds have no business in education. It is time to dismantle the Department of Education at the federal level and give the responsibility back to the states, where it belongs. The state bureaucracy is bad enough – the feds only make a bad thing worse.

Boyd Lyle - September 20, 2014

One size fits all never works, and especially in education. But, what should we all expect when we have a Marxist for a president. The Cabinet position of Secretary of Education should be eliminated. After all, education is really up to the states to tax for and develop.

Janice Starke - September 20, 2014

Yes drop common core asap to save time and money for a better individual states education

J. Frey - September 20, 2014

Common Core is one of the worst things to happen to students in the U.S. The Left is relentless in their efforts to control as they continue to force whatever agenda promotes the “dummying down” of our children. It is satisfying to know many are pushing back against this low standard of education.

Mr&Mrs Walter Rothenhoefer - September 20, 2014

thank GOD some states realize they will be accountable to GOD for leading our children into hell. It is about time we turn this country around. How much more can we expect GOD ALMIGHTY to put us with us.

Melvin Hillier - September 20, 2014

Look, over the past 50 years or so nearly every educational program coming down the road has been a tool of the progressives. How many of those programs have been successful? Not many , if any at all. They’ve all come and gone along with multiple hundreds of billions of dollars. Will Common Core be any different? No, it won’t and for one basic reason, like all other progressive programs, it violates the cornerstone principle of liberty, the importance of the individual.

James Low - September 20, 2014

Common Core should be totally rejected. It uses long methods to solve simple problems. The federal government used a for of bribery to entice states to accept. It’s another dumbed down process. Education should be at local/state level. There should be no federal Department of Education. Thank You.

david allen - September 20, 2014

It only takes one lesson in Core Math to realize how much this new “system” is dumbing down our children. What happened to readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmatic?

paul schwindeller - September 20, 2014

Government has no business dictating what is taught in public schools

Vickie Suarez - September 20, 2014

Education of children should be decided by the parents, not government. The Common Core curriculum limits choices and consolidates what is taught into a one-choice-for-all package, which ultimately weakens America. America’s strength is in diversity, and educational choices should be expanded, not limited. Parental rights should be protected so that we have a multitude of choices, not just one.

Gary - September 20, 2014

It’s sad that only 36% of the states reject common-core.

Charles Slattery - September 20, 2014

I would like to know “what” they are objecting too!

Thomas Clark - September 20, 2014

I agree with getting out of Common Core – why in the world would I want our bleeding heart socialist national government to control what is being taught to our children.

BobbieSena - September 20, 2014

School districts should have never never never accepted any any at all federal money ever ! ! ! Back in 1955, we voted against it for the second time. The third time was not a charm! When enough older an wiser teachers had retired, then a younger group voted in favor of federal funding which resulted in ever increasing waste of tax dollars and ever increasingfederal control of things that should really always always always be controlled by parents and local school boards. What a mess we are in now! !We can and should definitely definitely reject common core! However, federal government should not in any way be involved in education in the first place! ! Bobbie Sena

ALICEMARIE BOUDREAU - September 20, 2014

WONDERFUL!!!!!!!

Newt Kellett - September 20, 2014

When the federal government gets involved with anything, you can count on it getting screwed up and we the people paying for it. I might also add that federal government’s involvement with education is a 10 Amendment issue.

Elaine Mattingly - September 20, 2014

From all that I have read re: Common Core, I find it very “uncommon” to attempt to “cookie cutter” our children, propagandize them by omitting or distorting vital historical true facts, eliminating descriptions of our founding fathers and their accomplishments in the founding of what used to be the greatest and best nation in the world, making a muddle of mathematics, destroying critical thinking, eliminating some of the greatest literary classics that actually made a student THINK. This curriculum, if implemented, will be a travesty to developing well-rounded students who will be able to think critically and logically, which is what this Common Core agenda seems to be all about. I shudder to think that my grandchildren will have to be exposed to it!

jerry & evelyn Vidos - September 20, 2014

Common cord is no good period.

jerry & evelyn Vidos - September 20, 2014

Common core is no good period.

jerry & evelyn Vidos - September 20, 2014

Why is this the third time I have left a comment and it did not take???? Common core is no good.

Rick O’Brien - September 20, 2014

The Department of Education needs to be abolished. States should decide how and what is funded with their own money. It is an absolute disgrace that states are blackmailed into sending money to Washington only to see it redistributed.
One of the best attributes of our country is it’s competitive nature. States compete daily against one another. If a state decides against funding education, that state summarily will fail. The citizenry will revolt, and those who do not believe in an educated citizenry will see their place in government vanish.

Kelley - September 20, 2014

It is not fair to try to get everyone to do the same curriculum. All students are different and you can’t cookie cutter education and think it can fit for everyone. Curriculum is always created by people who aren’t educators and have never spent a day in a classroom. Common core is so cut and dry it is rediculous.

Kathy Villani - September 20, 2014

Shame on all of us for allowing the dumbing-down of our children! Common Core should be thrown in the trash, the Dept. of Education eliminated immediately, and our children should be locally EDUCATED, not INDOCTRINATED. Students, teachers, and parents need to be held to high standards and expectations, not reduced to the lowest possible level. The United States has fallen behind even third world countries in education and it’s high time we take back our leadership position. We owe our children and grandchildren no less.

Joan M. Schwer - September 20, 2014

From what I’ve learned about Common Core, I will be glad when it is gone from all our schools. I fear once a district is used to the ‘carrot’, the program would get worse. I also wish that colleges would pay more attention to the professors they hire. I think some of those could be turning our kids into US haters. We are going in the wrong direction, and I hope we soon find a way to get back on track. A president with moral values such as Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney would be a good start.

Kenneth Wilhoite - September 20, 2014

All states should block common core.

John Clancy - September 20, 2014

The principle of subsidiarity applies in the vital area of education as it does in many others. Ideally all children would be homeschooled, but for a variety of reasons, this approach is not workable. At the same time parents must be the general managers of their children’s education, especially in the early years. The local teachers and parents set the goals. Common core is 180 degrees away from local control. The federal govern’t has no place in education. Our founders saw the states as overseeing education, but the closer to the parent and the local school, the better. Yes, the great principle of subsidiarity applies here–no common core.

Orrin Marvin - September 20, 2014

I think it is just another attempt by liberals to dumb down our children even more. The states and local people should determine what our children are taught.

Fred Hauer - September 20, 2014

Better late than never.

Louis Lanzilla - September 20, 2014

we need to return to basic teaching –reading, writing, math an religion

Richard Stone - September 20, 2014

What I have seen of common core Is a complete mess that will only hold children back, you shouldn’t need 10 min. to solve a 10 sec. problem. Don’t get me started on the history aspect.

Jane Schutte - September 20, 2014

As a teacher I am 100% against Common Core. I don’t trust any education program from the Federal Government. As you can see our children don’t write anymore – penmanship is gone. We don’t memorize anymore – multiplication tables, etc. We don’t read Classics anymore – books that taught moral lessons. We have revisionist U.S. History – slanted to paint this Country negatively. We need to get rid of the Dept. of Education and have only State and Local control of our schools. Thank you

Wayne, La. - September 20, 2014

There is an underlying misconception with common core education. It presumes that everyone can learn the same things at the same rate. Each person is unique. A person’s interests, motivations and mental abilities create a very diverse and individual learning environment. A common curriculum hampers growth by placing limits on the learning environment. We should be looking at expanding and implementing greater amounts of learning opportunities for all children.

Jim Halloran - September 20, 2014

I’m glad to see Common Core going down. The one-size-fits-all government approach doesn’t fit with our freedoms. It’s the same with everything the bureaucrats do…like ObamaCare. It just goes to show you how ignorant, unimaginative, and inflexible those bozos are…and they want to run my life?

Richard Warnock - September 20, 2014

I prefer local education standards to federally imposed standards such as Common Core. Many Charter and private schools have higher academic and behavioral standards than public schools. The end product, an educated student, is why concerned parents flock to Charter and private schools.

When compared with many other countries , the OECD’s every three years PISA assessment of 15 year old students shows that the U.S. student is at or below average in math, science and reading literacy. These poor results are relatively constant in the 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012 tests. However, the U.S. spends more resources per student than nearly every other country.

If every U.S. student performed well by Common Core standards, we would still have mediocre PISA test results when compared with the other OECD members plus special districts such as Shanghai-China. Why? Because the U.S. academic and behavioral standards are too low.

We need to get the government and the unions out of the education business if we hope to produce well educated students and future voters.

Florence LoCastro - September 20, 2014

Common Core is an obvious project to illuminate critical thinking. It is designed to box our children and grandchildren into depending on the government to tell them what they should be when they grow up. It is time that all states take a stand against having this standardized curriculum in their schools and continue to allow our children, grandchildren to think for themselves, thereby giving them the opportunity to take advantage of the American Dream which is you can do and be anything that you desire.

Myron Allen - September 20, 2014

Common Core is a vain attempt by politicians & bureaucrats to force improvement in education that winds up having the opposite effect. The best education results are achieved when local school districts can decide what is best for their students.

Jerome - September 20, 2014

This is DOE attempting to justify it’s existence, and nothing more or less than Indoctrination.

Lavonna Bemis - September 20, 2014

I am happy that more states are pushing back. Would love to see Common Core become a thing of the past!

A Rasmussen - September 20, 2014

I reject Common Core.

Mary A Cole - September 20, 2014

Since education is a state responsibility, according to the Constitution, Common Core is not legal. I hope that it dies and local control is re-established.

Shelden L. Wright - September 20, 2014

Please Allow the States to work out their owne problemns and let the teachers teach and send kids on to college who are ready to enter .

Vicki sheffield - September 20, 2014

Common core has ruined my grand daughter’s confidence in her ability and her love for school. I helped her with her home work and , even though I have a master’s degree from college, could not figure out where to go for the answers. It is a very frustrating program and it is set up for the children to fail.

Ron -Angie Winegarner - September 20, 2014

Thank you Goveners .

Jo Ann Bishop - September 20, 2014

I am very glad for the states that are taking a stand against CC. I am working against it myself in MS and we have a growing contingent against it. This monstrosity has to go! Teaching to tests is not teaching critical thinking. Teaching abstracts concepts to elementary students is “cognitive child abuse”.

Rozzie decker - September 20, 2014

I want common core stopped!

Steven Peltz - September 20, 2014

This is probably the last change the government has to make before they have accomplished the “dumbing down of America” that was predicted to happen. Because an ignorant people are easily controlled due to their need for government help. As of today 44% of the American people receive some kind of support. This does not happen when you have intelligent people.

Bonnie K - September 20, 2014

Common Core math is convoluted from first grade and
our American history is distorted. I have nothing good to say about Common Core curriculum. I know Bill Ayers had a hand in it and The Louis Calder Foundation made a huge contribution to Common Core Curriculum Standard Educational System. First graders are being taught, for example, Parallel line segments, 2 dimensional polygons, quadrangles & quadrilaterals, parallelogram, rhombus, trapezoid, line symmetry, 3 dimensional shapes, rectangular prisms, cubes, pyramids, apex, cones, spheres, and cylinders. It goes against the Constitution and explains in dictatorial-type terms that America is greedy, a bully and unfair to other countries. My grandchildren are being indoctrinated in socialism and I don’t appreciate it. Our tax dollars paid for this and we weren’t asked or even informed. I pray Ohio withdraws all schools VERY soon.

Verlin Custer - September 20, 2014

eliminate the department of education. This would end
all our problems and save billions each year, and students would have far better education. And while at
the businees of education, repeal “no Child left behind”
Let the states & local baords determine education needs.

John Breeden - September 20, 2014

junk it

Betty - September 20, 2014

Finally someone is starting to use some common sense concerning the education of our children and grandchildren. The REAL issues and History of our Wonderful nation should be a priority in the schools. Teaching how to and who should be respected, and some manners. It seems these lessons are no more taught by parents, possibly due to the parents were never taught. The education systems need to return to the states, the federal government has had a turn and botched it up really bad.

Greta MacAlmon - September 20, 2014

Who are the owners of the major education textbook publishing companies that have made changes to the history in our nation and the world? The following reference is critical information for this time.
ACT! For America Education. (2011). Education or indoctrination? The treatment of Islam in 6th through 12th grade American textbooks: executive summary.
pp 6, 8. Retrieved March 4, 2014 from
http://www.actforamericaeducation.com/executive-summary

I wish Colorado would push back from Common Core.
The standardized testing has caused undue stress on teachers and students. The original intent may have been to assess students’ progress and the effectiveness of teachers, but now it may be all about government control, money, pride, and global competition. The Common Core Initiatives will continue to be a source of challenge and contention for the public school systems in America. In all of this, it is important for our freedom to be able to convert meaningful learning experiences for the students from the state standards (Kauchak & Eggen, 2014).

Mark Fisher - September 20, 2014

The issue isn’t the propriety of having common or uniform benchmarks. It makes sense that in a highly mobile society that a child transferring from Nevada and entering a program in Georgia be joining one that is advancing on a uniform time line. But it’s got to be a time line that makes sense. And it cannot be one size fits all. Rather it must be one that acknowledges that local variables exist and no “magic regulatory hand” can be waved that eliminates those variables.

The problem with Common Core is that it has been sold as a “benchmark system” but actually consists of far more than just a common time frame for academic matters. Instead those advocating it have combined their efforts with others to embed subtle “social engineering” concepts and value systems at different points. Concepts and priorities that are substantially at odds with those that traditionally been points of emphasis. e.g. glossing over the study of the American Revolutionary War and its many facets; or the vast expansion of treatment of a criminal religion known as Islam even as they attack Christianity.

As states have implemented Common Core they have found that the claims of “local control” over content and the manner of delivery are largely hollow. Instead it is rife with efforts to inculcate our children with values we do not share or embrace and done in such a way that provides “plausible deniability.” This is wrong and must be not just resisted but rooted out mercilessly. Furthermore we should at a minimum expose these “social engineers” for who they are and I would go much further. I would advocate their being publicly ostracized for trying to manipulate our education system and forced to both admit and recant their effort as a precondition to their rehabilitation. Consider that their subterfuge in trying to introduce un-American values that are antithetical to our traditional values is the moral equivalent of treason. If it can be shown that this was their intent then repercussions should be harsh.

Another issue on the education front that must be addressed is Common Cores apparent failure to provide for variations in academic ability. No one can seriously deny that academic aptitude varies from child to child. We are all unique. Some are tall and some short. Some have incredible small muscle control and dexterity while others are clumsy and inept. That is why we always make allowances for such variations and don’t compare horse jockey’s to NBA centers, or impose “accommodations” to make them equal.

In short the Bell Curve that applies to virtually everything applies to the ability of children to learn. Nothing in Common Core suggests that any recognition of this simple truth. It follows that the hyped changes of the ACT and SAT (by companies heavily invested in Common Core) must be viewed with great suspicion and alarm. Alarm that should be sending public school educators and their unions out to protest Common Core given the shift to tying tenure and compensation to test performance. Why they have not to this point should be a red flag to parents. But don’t take my word for it. Do your own research and review what is being taught and how. Then you’ll be in position to know whether I’m right or wrong.

Michael Barbuck - September 20, 2014

I believe local school boards are better qualified to know the educational needs of the community.
If they do not respond to those needs, then the people can hold them accountable and take necessary action.
Try getting a response from a Washington bureaucrat.

Steven G Bruno - September 21, 2014

I think it’s SAD that it took so long to ALERT the American Parents about what has been allowed for so long. Parents should be Outraged and Stand up to STOP this type of behind closed door indoctrination, and follow this back to where and WHO’s Idea it was to Indoctrinate our Future generations. Heads must fall.

Jean Blackstone - September 21, 2014

I hope that my state of Georgia will also withdraw from Common Core.

Fred Costello - September 21, 2014

Parents, who have primary responsibility for educating their children, should choose the curriculum, not some distant government agency that has its own (political) agenda.

Tom - September 21, 2014

In WI, Gov Scott Walker announced that he would like to repeal Common Core. If he remains Gov after Nov election, which I pray he does, WI will be added to your list!

Carolyn Hall - September 21, 2014

I think common core should be abolished. Let each state determine what should be taught and how their students are to be taught not be dictated to by the overbearing federal government.

MEH - September 21, 2014

ALL states should wake up to this insidious means of teaching.

John - September 21, 2014

The education curriculum should be handled by the local school board. We are at vast country with people of many backgrounds. The education curriculum should not be decided by some Washington bureaucrats far away.

Fred H - September 21, 2014

We DO NOT NEED a radical, controlling, evil program like this! Glad some people finally waking up to what’s going on while “We, the People” are ‘sleeping’ a lot of the time

dIANEJames - September 21, 2014

Horrah

Lorraine Root - September 21, 2014

It’s about time everyone woke up. Tea Parties have been screaming about this for a long time!

Jane dodge - September 21, 2014

This is nothing more than another planned money making rip off on the tax payer by big corporations that have no interest in the education of children to learn the skill of critical thinking. After all, did not Bill Gates at the gathering of such promoters of common care say ” this will make us a lot of money!” Today’s children are taught to be “good test takers” and how to be led by the nose of corporations and an over reaching government, complacently.

tom shupe - September 21, 2014

we need to get the government & the N.E.A. out of the education business use our tax dollars to help private schools, schools run by free enterprise not common core this just another government take over additional loss of our freedom teach the truth not the government propraganda…

Bob Pahr - September 21, 2014

Baltimore County principals are being threatened by Superintendent Dallas Dance with the loss of their jobs if they attempt to oppose Common Core (or Commie Core as I call it). Common Core is nothing more than Government propaganda, disguised as academic curricula, in an effort to control our schools. It’s bad for our children and it’s bad for the country!

Robert Godwin - September 22, 2014

Good to hear some states are saying no. Anything designed by the government must require conformity and int turn lower standards and expectations.

George Amthor - September 22, 2014

We must stand united against Common Core!! It is simply a way of “dumbing-down” our kids. Only the individual States and the local school boards/parents should have control over what our children are being taught. We need to stop the federal funding of our schools and take back local control. And we need a fairer school tax system. In Texas, only the property owners and businesses pay school taxes. This allows many parents who do not own property to basically send their kids to school free, including many of the children of illegal immigrates, who also get a free pass. I would be in favor of a tax (hate that word) or a charge per child, such as a tuition charge, for each year of schooling, to be paid by the parents of the children. Or, at the very least, we could make the school tax burden fairer by using a sales tax that everyone one, not just the property and business owners, pay.

Marilyn Bowman - September 22, 2014

I think its great! Keep the govt out of our schools

Walter Beamer - September 22, 2014

The progressive perspective has become an integral part of Common Core. The social engineering that is interwoven into every aspect of the teaching methods is the dominant theme of what Common Core is really about. The intent of the program is shape young minds to adopt the progressive viewpoint. There is no allowance for free thinking and questioning. This is far more dangerous to the free thinking society that America has always been than the methods to teach a subject. At present, the curriculum and methods are being seriously questioned by all who have examined it. I have not seen the social engineering aspect of the program addressed much at all in the media or the political arena. At present, I believe most people are unaware of how children will be taught to think is being changed, and what they will be taught to think is entirely a singular political perspective. When parents become aware of the impact of the program in teaching their children to accept without questioning progressive ideas, they will be far more alarmed about Common Core than they are now..

Steven Petite - September 27, 2014

This is not at all about education. It is all about control. Goes along with controlling the healthcare system. Individual liberty and all that made this country great is being destroyed. If people don’t get off their lazy butts and get involved, the future will be lost!

Stephen Becker - September 28, 2014

I would even go so far as to say the DOE should be dismantled. we sent astronauts to the moon who learned in one room school houses with less computing power than what I have in my pocket. And, its my understanding that scores have only gone down since DOE was implemented; in 1975 (?).

Deb DesJardins - September 29, 2014

Excellent that more states are pushing back against Common Core and just hope that Governor Walker is re-elected and will follow through on having our legislators come up with Wisconsin’s own standards. We need our children to be able to learn how to think, not what to think.

ronald reardon - October 6, 2014

People are slowly beginning to realize that the regime of Marxism is a form of Communism. They want to CONTROL & DICTATE!

C Brown - May 11, 2016

VA IS using Common Core Appendix B, Next Generation Science, the Math, the Health PE Sex Ed, and the entire curriculum of Common Core but not admitting it because they write their own SOL tests “in line with CC.” There is a firewall at school when I ask questions.

Joel Soto - September 9, 2016

Now show the best and worst state for education.

Lynette Taravella - March 27, 2017

I live in Nevada and wish my state would get rid of Common Core right now. Those who support it don’t realize that it ineffectively educates all schoolchildren. I just learned last year on my own research the following: The English standards are a joke (emphasizes reading informational texts), [the] math standards don’t include Calculus as a mandatory course for high school graduation (Teens won’t be prepared for STEM careers) and it only prepares them for community college.

M. Hargrove - June 29, 2017

All states need to reject this abomination!

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