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Yes, I support a national base standard but allow states and local districts to customize their implementation
Yes, national standards will help improve our national average and better prepare students for college
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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. 5 years ago from a Libertarian in Hinesville, GA
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... 5 years ago from a Republican in Garrisonville, VA
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... 5 years ago from a Republican in Lithonia, GA
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... 5 years ago from a Democrat in Washington, DC
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... 5 years ago from a Democrat in Irmo, SC
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,... 5 years ago from a Republican in Jacksonville, FL
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... 5 years ago from a Republican in Norfolk, VA
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. 5 years 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... 5 years ago from a Democrat in Lorain, OH
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.
Hummmm I... 5 years ago from a Republican in Muscle Shoals, AL
A national standard would be great however, they need to implement a robust safety net that supplies vocational and technical opportunities for our children. 5 years ago from a Green in Saint Albans, NY
I should know more but I feel less confident on this issue. However, to the extent that Common Core Standards are a drive to TEST more, I do not support them. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Fort Lauderdale, FL
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... 5 years ago from a Republican in Lewisville, TX
The Education institution should ready and able to teach student the ability to actually solve problems and think as apposed to just memorizing answers or handing them the answers.. .Our current system develops followers not leaders. 5 years ago from a Libertarian in Virginia Beach, VA
Yes, national educational standards will help improve our national average and better prepare students for college. It should however focus on the student's potential. 5 years ago from a Green in Philadelphia, PA
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... 5 years ago from a Republican in Richmond, VA
Apart from funding the federal government should stay out of the teaching business. Corrupt congressmen would privatize education to benefit contributors adding middlemen and profit to the equation. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Raleigh, NC
Eliminate Common Core, and adapt educational systems to be more flexible for individuals rather than working to standardize all. Everyone learns at different paces and in different ways. Leverage those to ensure success. 5 years ago from a Libertarian in Odenton, MD
I don't know enough about it to make an informed decision at this point. 5 years ago from a Democrat in St Louis, MO
Train and hire outstanding educators and let them teach. There is a need for federal standards in obedience with the Constitution but too much is too much. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Auburn, AL
Great concept, terrible implementation. The current Common Core will not accurately ensure students are ready for college, and will actively damage student learning in some areas. The Common Core is not ready for implementation, and efforts should be... 5 years ago from a Green in Ithaca, NY
Yes, but do not interfere with states whose educational standards exceed the Common Core standards unless it is shown that such standards have not helped achieve academic success in the state. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Fort Erie, NY
Implement a new Initiative where test's are given to students every year from 6th grade to 12th grade that determines what type of career(s) they might be best suited in. Then offer classes that can guide the students to be prepared for life after... 5 years ago from a Democrat in Washington, DC
The common core standards are fine, but the testing mechanism and requirements are ridiculous. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Rochester, NY
A basic education must be treated as a human right and not as a political football. The common core is fine, in and of itself, and may help teachers reach that minimum in some cases; but, where the teaching is already decent, if teachers are unable to... 5 years ago from a Democrat in Springfield, MA
While I think that students should be taught to understand a subject, not just to be able to regurgitate it on a test, I think that some form of standardized testing should exist to benchmark certain performance standards at each grade level. For example,... 5 years ago from a Democrat in Rochester, NY
A teachers job is to teach a child how to think not what to think!. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Chester, SC
I think that we should be like other countries and start teaching our kids what they need for careers after the 8th grade. 5 years ago from a Green in Ocoee, FL
Common Core should be used as as guide not as absolute standards. 5 years ago from a Republican in Rosenberg, TX
The Common Core standards have reduced the information learned by most students. It has also made it so there is no "need" to learn more than the bare minimum. The students are getting taught less and they core standards are being praised... 5 years ago from a Republican in Claymont, DE
No, Common Core removes the ability of a teacher to meet the needs of individual students. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Columbus, OH
There should be national standards for education but they should not focus on Math and English at the exclusion of all other topics. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Philadelphia, PA