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Yes, I support a national base standard but allow states and local districts to customize their implementation
Yes, national educational standards will help improve our national average and better prepare students for college
No, the Common Core Standards are a watered down version of my state's current education standards
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The Common Core State Standards Initiative is an education initiative that details what K-12 students should know in English and Math at the end of each grade. The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers and seeks to establish consistent education standards across the states as well as ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter two or four year college programs or enter the workforce. Learn more or See recent Common Core news
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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. 11mons 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. 11mons 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. 11mons ago from a Republican in Elk Grove, CA.
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. 11mons 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!. 11mons ago from a Republican in Garrisonville, VA.
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. 11mons ago from a Republican in Milford, DE.
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. 11mons ago from a Republican in Lithonia, GA.
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. 11mons ago from a Republican in Buena Park, CA.
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. 11mons ago from a Republican in East Greenwich, RI.
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. 11mons 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'. 11mons 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. 11mons ago from a Republican in Flippin, AR.
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. 11mons 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. 11mons ago from a Republican in Norfolk, VA.
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. 11mons 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. 11mons ago from a Republican in Wichita, KS.
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. 11mons 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!. 11mons ago from a Republican in Clearview City, KS.
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. 11mons ago from a Republican in Knoxville, TN.
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!!. 11mons ago from a Republican in Tacoma, WA.
Where in the Constitution is Education mentioned ?? Get rid of Dep't of Education-- let States run-- with input from Counties, et al -- localize as much as possible. 11mons ago from a Republican in Rome, NY.
I think teachers should be strenuously tested and paid on their academic achievments. Also, I believe that the teachers who have the highest educations should be paid more and work in the lower grades. Better educated teachers teaching grammar school will set the tone for later learning. 11mons ago from a Republican in Seattle, WA.
No, individualized education plans should be in place for all students. There should be schools, like in Finland, that are scholastic not sport centered. We need to build a respect for teachers because we learn best from those we respect ...in general. 11mons ago from a Republican in Plainfield, IL.
NO. IT IS AN ANTI-AMERICAN & ANTI-FAMILY SYSTEM No, it's too costly and complicated No, the Common Core Standards are a watered down version of my state's current education standards -- IF THAT IS EVEN POSSIBLE ... SINCE THEY TEACH TO THE LOWEST ABILITY RIGHT NOW! No, education should be handled at the state and local level instead of the national level No, teach to each student's potential instead of uniform testing. 11mons ago from a Republican in Sioux City, IA.
'I support the concept but not the implementation.' , because other programs are being lost Phys Ed, Music, Sports, Detailed History Ed, etc are being lost. The Idea of increasing aid to schools who meet a standard and taking away from those who don't is back firing in dramatic fashion when whole groups of teachers are fired when they are found to be cheating to save the school or protect their students. 11mons ago from a Republican in Sierra Vista, AZ.
There is a dumbing down of people in our nation; teachers are often not up to par, and the standards for teaching, and grading are not high enough; there must be a standard for all and within that standard there must also be the opportunity for students to soar and develop talents and abilities that are signature to and for them as individuals, dump all spanish/ english, we are an english speaking country and all who enter here should learn the language.... 11mons ago from a Republican in Lewisville, TX.
Every educational institution should consider using a "tracking system" of 1, 2, and 3 followed by a remedial (special education) classes. This allows students in advanced stages of learning to have a more rigid and accelerated learning curriculum - NOT HONORS! It also allows those students who have a bit of a problem of learning the normal way (comprehension, color-blindness, logic problems) the opportunity to NOT be placed in Special Needs education, but in a slowly-presented curriculum. Those that are normal learners, but do not accel at studies, whether they not retain information, perhaps not understand material, or need something in-between Track 1 and Track 3. Obviously, students with special needs would be in the Special Education curriculum so they get more of an individual relationship with their educators. All tracks are assigned per class for each student. Allow the student to challenge him/her-self by selecting a track ahead for a year and, with them, check their end-of-year progress to determine whether or not they want to continue the challenge each year. 11mons ago from a Republican in Frankfort, IL.
Teach students based upon their abilities. Students that do well in school should be given college prep curriculum. Those that don't should be allowed to attend Vocational type training or drop out of school. Every student isn't going to make the basketball team or band - what makes anyone believe that all students can do well academically?. 11mons ago from a Republican in Glenview, KY.
I support the wild concept of actually teaching something... anything to our youth. The public education system is a complete joke. We are graduating kids that can't spell difficult words, such as "bone" or "meat"... kids who do not possess the ability to calculate the product of 3 x 15 without using a calculator. 11mons ago from a Republican in Paradise Valley, AZ.
I think we should provide a better learning environment before we even begin to talk about educational standards. Also we need to deal with how to handle discipline to weed out the ones who don't want to learn. The issue with our schools have more to do with the way they are being implemented and less to do with curriculum. Don't even get me started on the teachers. 11mons ago from a Republican in Greensboro, NC.
My daughter is a teacher in elementary school. in those years, the lack of parental involvement makes it difficult to teach children whose parents don't value school, don't make them do their job (which is homework and studying). Until you can get the parents involved - or make them get involved the kids suffer. 11mons ago from a Republican in Oak Forest, IL.
Our current education standards are an embarrassing joke. This is the United States of America for heaven's sake and our system is so sub-standard compared with other developed nations. It's outdated by 50 years. All students should go to school year around. It's a ridiculous waste to leave them vacant for half a year. There should be way fewer "vacations" and days off for students and teachers. We pay dearly for the schools, teachers, etc., AND WE ARE NOT GETTING A RETURN ON OUR INVESTMENT!. 11mons ago from a Republican in Bend, OR.
Yes, I support a national base standard but allow states and local districts to customize their implementation. The department of Education (federal) should be noting more than audit agency that determines if certain states are meeting a certain standard. 11mons ago from a Republican in M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI.
Our public education system is a disaster. I have seen no improvement in decades, although the cost per student is increasing at an astounding pace. History, math, science, English, foreign languages, physical fitness and ethics should be the meat and drink of public education. National educational standards just add more paperwork and add nothing to quality education!. 11mons ago from a Republican in Manchester Township, NJ.
The Federal Government should abolish the Federal Education Department and instead allow the states to provide the educational needs to their constituents. 11mons ago from a Republican in Alameda, CA.
Common Core standards are created by politicians and lawmakers who have never taught a day in their life. As a teacher, I find this sick and ignorant. The common core is decent, but it needs to be finalized by actual educators. 11mons ago from a Republican in Manhattan, KS.
No, Common Core is a product of an industry that makes millions off of educational testing and test production. It is a political tool and should not supplant the local districts' control. 11mons ago from a Republican in Joplin, MO.
I support an elevated national standard, teach each student to their full potential using specialized programs to bring those with low levels of capability separately, so as to not impede the advanced capabilities of others. Stop teaching to the middle 70 percent. The exceptional are held back in that instance, and the slow can't keep up. Provide remedial programs for the slow, and advanced programs for the gifted, and fund it through incentives for exceptional performance al regulated at the state level with national standards for graduation. 11mons ago from a Republican in Grafton, WI.
NO, I believe in teaching them reading, writing and math! I do not believe in teaching them revisionist history the way the liberals want them to think. 11mons ago from a Republican in Lowell, MA.
No, the government should have nothing to do with education. 11mons ago from a Republican in Sun Prairie, WI.
Not everyone should go to college, there are plenty of trades that are in demand. 11mons ago from a Republican in Barrington, RI.
Education needs to go back to the old way of teaching where students actually learned and retained something rather than graduating students who know nothing about reading, writing and grammar. Everyone is not going to learn the same. Some will pass and some will fail. Let them learn to deal with failure rather than making sure everybody "feels good.". 11mons ago from a Republican in Richmond, VA.
I support school vouchers. You should push students to their best all the time. I strongly support more discipline in schools! These young people have no self discipline or personal responsibility! We are ruling their futures and our nation's greatness!. 11mons ago from a Republican in Arkansas City, KS.
Toughen the standards instead of making them easier. If a student is not up to the standards then they need to have remedial programs. No child left behind is nothing more than a dumbing down of the system. Flunk them and don't pass them until they learn. They should be able to pass the same citizenship test as a person becoming naturalized. 11mons ago from a Republican in Lexington, KY.
I do not know enough to decide. 11mons ago from a Republican in Miami, FL.
Before we even think about "common core" every state needs to clear the slate so to speak and get back to basics, such as reading writing arithmetic and technology civics and more important discipline, and get rid of those people who are not good at teaching and put God back into the classroom. 11mons ago from a Republican in Mount Wolf, PA.
Not all students should attend college. They need to acquire enough life skills to live decently. Trade schools are a wonderful option. Kids need to be able to read and write and do basic math. Beyond that it is good to have a path that suits a decent living. We are holding back our brilliant students. 11mons ago from a Republican in Sacramento, CA.
As I'm not familiar with CCNES I'm not sure. 11mons ago from a Republican in Palmer, MA.
No, children are not getting the education once received in this nation. Need to go back to the 3 "R's" and fundamental education. Quit dumbing down our children. 11mons ago from a Republican in Wellington, UT.
Schools systems, selected minimums, etc. are so screwed up with politics, unions, and decisions that support "non-failure", that a top-down revamping is absolutely necessary. Common Core is not the answer - how many political attempts have failed?. 11mons ago from a Republican in Pigeon Forge, TN.