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No, the Common Core Standards are a watered down version of my state's current education standards
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No. There is no provision in the Constitution for the federal government to be involved in education. All 'national' educational standards and programs should be abolished. The federal governments only role in education should be to assure all citizens, not including illegal immigrants, have equal access to public education. 7mons ago from a Republican in Sun Valley, NV.
No. History has shown that when such things are enacted then we tend to "Teach to the Test". Kids today can't tell you one country from another and know nothing of history, and what history we do teach is sanitized and watered down. 7mons ago from a Republican in Wilmington, MA.
No. When I look back on all the crap I learned in high school, it's a wonder I can think at all.....what you need to know / learn in school is not taught and never will be with the liberals running the country. 7mons ago from a Republican in Elk Grove, CA.
I believe that students don't all learn at the same pace, so the concept of "grades" and what learning should have been acquired by the end of said grades may not be helpful. I do believe that by the time students graduate from HS specific bodies of knowledge should have been acquired, and not just in English and math. So I support the idea of a Common Core, but not necessarily the timing by which knowledge is acquired. I also believe that schools need to extend learning to include summer months to ensure that knowledge is retained, and to give more time to students who need more time. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Georgetown, MA.
No, standarized testing does not teach students anything except how to study for the test. It would be better to actually teach students information they can you instead of how to take a test. 7mons ago from a Libertarian in Hinesville, GA.
Yes, but with flexibility. Children don't all learn the same way and should not have to be taught the same way. However, we should have standards that we hold our schools and teachers to, although a uniform set of testing standards should not be the only metric. 7mons ago from a Green in Omaha, NE.
No one seems to have the answer, but from teachers I know this could be a good start. But more support needs to be given to teachers and less emphasis on grading the teachers and putting them under so much stress. Teachers are underpaid now and more are leaving the field due to the scrutiny. Other countries don't have the problems we do. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Vero Beach, FL.
Standardizing what each student should know at the end of each grade doesn't teach them anything. All classes move at different paces. This is a good concept in theory but doesn't work well in practice. Instead of kids learning, the teachers just get the students prepared to take the standard tests and nothing else. It limits the freedom of teachers to teach what they feel their students need to know. 8mons ago from a Libertarian in Louisville, KY.
Public schools should be run like charter schools are run. actually teach the children instead of letting them just continue through school without learning anything . and make them accountable for their grades and their actions towards others around them. 8mons ago from a Republican in Colorado Springs, CO.
I do not support any federal involvement in education. It is a way to indoctrinate the youth which is what has been happening. Plus common core IS NOT TEACHING THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR HISTORY and has screwed up the teaching if math so bad I wonder what the future holds for our youth!. 8mons ago from a Republican in Garrisonville, VA.
Absolutely not! It's complete and utter drek! Now our children suffer through, fail, and the government blames the teachers. I call BULLSHIT AMERICA. Stop making our children suffer because you have penis envy of other countries. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Queensbury, NY.
While it is nice in theory, it won't work. Not every student can learn like every other student. A teacher's job should not be dependent on students passing a test. Some students will never be able to learn the standards that have been set forth. 8mons ago from a Republican in Milford, DE.
When I went to school, we learned the basic reading, writing, and Arithmetic with emphasis on understanding what we were reading, and math and science skills. It worked for my generation and am having a difficult time understanding why we are not using methods that work? Arts and Music and Sports of all types need to be incorporated into their curriculum's. In this way, each child will have exposure to different areas of interests so that they make a healthy career choice. I hear from friends that are teachers that much time is spent with record keeping, and other issues that take away good time spent teaching. I hope that this is not the case?. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Lake Geneva, WI.
NO. It will lead to systematic brainwashing, the rewriting of history, an imbalance of what is or is not selected to be taught, and the restriction of free thinking and instruction in our schools. I am a teacher with 4 college degrees and 28 years experience at levels K- college. 8mons ago from a Democrat in New Ellenton, SC.
Students need to be taught underlying concepts and how to reason and understand the subject matter (as well as how to critically assess the "facts" presented to them), NOT how to regurgitate the answer that gets them a passing test score. The current system teaches people to accept misleading "information" FAR too easily. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Romney, WV.
Testing is important for data, but should not be used for negative affects on students. Students should be encouraged to learn about the issues in school that interest them instead of roughly learning about little bits of every branch. Students should be divided by their strengths, not held back in classes due to vast academic differences. The states should control all of this, for it is too much for the national government to take on. Money should be fundamentally dispersed through every school, not depending on school district. Their should also be encouragement for businesses and companies to donate to education and build curriculums. This can be done by many incentives including government tax breaks. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Naval Air Station/ Jrb, TX.
I do not believe we have the answers yet on how to best mass educate children. I believe we must keep trying to find the best answer while still educating children to the best of our abilities. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Saint Augustine, FL.
I think that from Pre school till 9th grade should have a focus on core competencies (English, Math, and Science). I feel that there should be arts and health education throughout, based on age appropriate activities throughout all ages. Grades 5th through 9th should include some bio/agriculture sciences to help teach children about health and life in respect to food and the food chain. By 10th grade, This will be a year where students will start the years of researching and deciding more about the path they would like to take in education and life. All will take the GED at this stage, so that if they have uncertainties about their future, they can at least have obtained a basic education in English, Math, and Science. Social studies/History should be taught from 4th till 12th, but with as honest a stance as can be given instead of instilling blind nationalism. Critical thinking should be encouraged heavily in Writing/Reading, Math, Science, and Social studies. If a student continues through to 11th and 12th grade, these two years will be filled with studies similar to entry level college courses in various aspects with a focus on giving students to form a stronger sense of where they would like to apply their skills in life, with some opportunities being provided right out of high school in the form of apprenticeships (paid training). Unpaid internships are unsustainable. I feel that there should be a federal baseline, but some areas will differ in how they teach related to urban/rural areas. there should be exchange of the differences of such to apply more to one area than another but to still advocate "if in this kind of area, then these will be some of the opportunities as well as drawbacks". I'm still fleshing out a lot of this framework, but mostly, its the idea of teaching children from a young age to the best that they can absorb the knowledge on what opportunities are out there and what they can do for themselves as well as learning social responsibility and respect of others, and hopefully to develop a love of learning. 8mons ago from a Green in San Ysidro, CA.
I support the call for Reform that drove "Common Core" support at first but what happened was what former Federal Education Department Secretary Dr. Bill Bennett has called the "Dumbing Down of American Education" to do no more than attempt to force "equality of outcomes" based on some anti-god notions that deny equality of opportunity to succeed while recognizing that those who rigorously apply themselves will thereby become more and more Less Equal and demonstrate the power of work combined with natural giftedness! "Common Core" is at it's heart an Anti-God worldview forced upon the children of parents who for the most part cannot sort through the educratese and doublespeak to SEE that what is being done to their precious, innocent, dependent, trusting CHILDREN is nothing less than a vicious form of elistist, utopian, child ABUSE that will steal the very the lifetime opportunity to ever become skilled enough in the 3 Rs basics to be anything except a brainwashed, conditioned worker serf for the priviledged elite and well connected new aristocracy!!! In the Patriot movie General Cornwallis was asked, "Tell me more about this Ohio" by the brutal re-educator of those Rebel Colonials who loved FREEDOM more than King Orge's TYRANNY. Dumbed down SERFS make good dosile workers for the INTERNATIONALIST minded Sorosian Tyranicoons. 8mons ago from a Republican in Lithonia, GA.
No, common core hasn't be very effective and it is far to based on the grade/age system that doesn't address the reality of people being naturally skilled differently. Forcing kids to try and do something the exact same way isn't going to work when they are so clearly specialized differently. Having a set minimum standard to have achieved by the end of the 12th year is ok, as long as the system is focused on helping children find what they are good at and to grown that special personalized skill set while moving towards achieving that minimum standers. 8mons ago from a Libertarian in Huntsville, TX.
Our current standards are regimented and punitive. We need to value both individual students and our excellent teachers. Pay them well and let them teach. Encourage, engage, and reward students. We must not give up on free, public education but we must improve it. We had better schools in the forties and fifties. Reform is needed. Two years of college or trade school should be within reach of every high school graduate. We need to again be an educated citizenry. 8mons ago from a Green in Twin Falls, ID.
Let the private sector educate our children. There is too much waste in state run schools. And the kids are still behind. Do not allow illegal immigrants to be admitted, they take up class room and lower educational standards. 8mons ago from a Republican in Buena Park, CA.
Yes, I support the idea of a national standard for measuring base growth. However, states and local communities should have greater flexibility to modify and create curriculums that address the unique needs of their populations, without the looming threat of funding termination. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Washington, DC.
Government should not be involved in education; and let parents decide for themselves whether to send their offspring to a public school, a school voucher or to just home-school him/her/them. 8mons ago from a Libertarian in Cheshire, CT.
National standards yes. Implementation and accountability yes. Problem is that in some cases, "National Standards" are dumbing down some curriculums. Parents need to be educated with children whether they are "too busy" or not. The children want to learn, the parents do not. 8mons ago from a Republican in East Greenwich, RI.
I am appauld at the lack of education our kids get! Not being taught writing in script, no geography, history, can not spell correctly and do not use proper English. We should return to the way education was in the 50' and 60's as well as copying the Japanese form of education. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Irmo, SC.
States should meet or exceed Common Core Standards. They should be the minimum requirement, not the final requirement. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.
A common core makes sense if it is an expectation not a legislation. To hold teachers accountable for all children in their classrooms to be able to reach those standards is ridiculously impossible. Education should be a team effort between parents, students and the educational institutions and supported by our states, not the federal government. 8mons ago from a Republican in Jacksonville, FL.
I support teaching true history, our forefathers must be spinning in their graves knowing that GOD in general has been removed from education. educators teach liberal anti-Americanism as a matter of routine. why do so many teachers seem to hate our heritage, history, virtually everything about what we 'used to stand for'? most don't know much about the real world or virtually anything other than the idea that socialism/communism is 'the way to go'. 8mons ago from a Republican in East Olympia, WA.
I believe that common core is not such a bad idea. I do not agree with the "big shifts" and unpacking the standards and other jargon that are attached to CCSS. A teacher should not have to spend months figuring out what the standards are asking us to do before being able to implement them in our classroom. Also, we should not be pushing everything toward online assessments. Students are getting more and more instruction online, and they are suffering because of it. Having a teacher that only interacts with them once a week is not teaching them much of anything. 8mons ago from a Republican in Flippin, AR.
Our present system does not allow for students to fully master material needed for comprehension of future concepts. Because of time constraints, the class must move on whether students have fully grasped the material or not (tests are often not a good measurement of real comprehension). We need far more radical changes to how we educate our children. The fed has not helped in this regard, but it can help effect the type of change needed in this regard. Less emphasis on curriculum, class periods, time constraints and more emphasis on students getting the help they need to achieve a full understanding of the subject matter before moving on to more complex concepts. A greater use of the existing technology can help address the "holes" created in a student's education when they are pushed ahead without a firm understanding of the subject(s). 8mons ago from a Democrat in Montrose, CO.
Education in the United States is in desperate need for reform. Not only does the curriculum need to adapt to a changing marketplace, but also costs of education needs to either be subsidized by the government or provided through a nation wide education tax fund. 8mons ago from a Libertarian in North Ridgeville, OH.
Local and state level education. Should not be compulsory but maybe there should be more charter and home/tutor education where it can be tailored to each child better. There should be certain uniformity standards, but not that nonsense! People are more than a test. They don't know history, how to spell, how to write, read or do math. They aren't learning basic manners and skills now, so how is common core going to make that better?! It won't. 8mons ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.
No, it should be left to the states and localities for two reasons: 1) one size does not always fit all and 2) it allows a diversity of ideas to be tried and compared without the catastropic results of a bad decision at the Federal one size fits all solution. 8mons ago from a Republican in Norfolk, VA.
All children should be able to know English and Math at each grade level. However: NOT all children will be entering two or four year colleges. Some children will end up in trade schools. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Peoria, AZ.
I favor some aspects of common core but not others. I believe it is important to have improved national educational standards, and I believe common core contains some important improvements. But the emphasis on standardized testing needs to be done away with. Improving education starts with improving teachers' pay and training. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Tucson, AZ.
I firmly believe that we should teach THE student to his/her potential instead of "Standards" and I believe the best people to make those decisions are in the community and state NOT Washington dc. 8mons ago from a Libertarian in Milligan College, TN.
National standards can be a good thing, as long as special needs students are exempted, & not put through the demeaning experience of these inappropriate tests. It's poverty and unemployment of the adults in families that is the factor most seriously impacting low academic performance. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Lorain, OH.
The government should not be involved in education. This is a matter that should be left to the states. Since the federal government has gotten in the college loan business, it has only made college more and more expensive. Universities can raise tuition, knowing that students and their families will be able to take on loans to pay for an education that for most students is not all that beneficial. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Mira Loma, CA.
I saw one of those textbooks a grandchild of a member of a group had brought to show everyone. It was pitifully written and you can assume it will dumb down anyone to that level. Their description of a slave: one who works for another. Really? Hummmm I must have been a slave when I worked downtown at a beauty shop. 8mons ago from a Republican in Muscle Shoals, AL.
No, because it embodies a socio-political and psychological stratagem to raise our children into Gramscian cultural marxists, and is designed to train them to accept information rather than logically process information. 8mons ago from a Republican in Wichita, KS.
Create a vocationally and academically balanced curriculum, where it is personalized to the student, teaching only what is necessary for their future, also allowing more parent interaction in their child's education. 8mons ago from a Libertarian in Santee, CA.
A national standard would be great however, they need to implement a robust safety net that supplies vocational and technical opportunities for our children. 8mons ago from a Green in Saint Albans, NY.
No, close the dept of ed and get them out of our schools . this has too much potential for indoctrinating of our students and is way, way too Orwellian. State prerogative any way and the feds black mailing the states is wrong relationship between the feds and the states. 8mons ago from a Republican in Rutland, VT.
Back to No Child Left Behind according to George W. Bush. How about teachers teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. And don't pass a child if they fail!. 8mons ago from a Republican in Clearview City, KS.
To be blunt, the current standardised-testing addiction our system has is bullshit, and should be entirely reformed, because education should be learning, not practicing the crap they aren't going over, and likely never will. 8mons ago from a Green in Chester Springs, PA.
If they wanted to apply it then they should have introduced it slowly, starting at kindergarden, and not change the way that students have been taught from when they were younger. 8mons ago from a Republican in Knoxville, TN.
Yes, I believe there should be a common standard, but I urge the education community to re-emphasize civics and social studies to continue a healthy democracy. 8mons ago from a Green in Taylorville, IL.
No, Americans already stand lower on educational tiers than other countries. Increased government control will eventually lead to students only learning what the government wants them to know and whatever skewed versions they came up with. 1984??? Fahrenheit 451??? does anyone read anymore?. 8mons ago from a Libertarian in Granville, NY.
NO...dumbing down our children is not going to help the country!! We need to go back to the BASICS; 3 R's & MORALS....technology can take a backseat for awhile since it seems in the last 50+ years, that's part of what's causing the decay of the American structure today!!. 8mons ago from a Republican in Tacoma, WA.