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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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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... 5 years ago from a Republican in Sun Valley, NV
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
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... 5 years ago from a Democrat in Vero Beach, FL
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. 5 years ago from a Republican in Milford, DE
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... 5 years ago from a Democrat in Romney, WV
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... 5 years ago from a Green in San Ysidro, 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,... 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 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... 5 years ago from a Democrat in Tucson, AZ
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
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. 5 years ago from a Republican in Wichita, 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. 5 years ago from a Republican in Knoxville, TN
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
Common Core standards are not high enough. We need to provide complete education opportunities, from k-12 and through a 4-year college program at no cost to the student.
We need equal educational opportunities for all of our citizens, not just the top... 5 years ago from a Democrat in West Sacramento, CA
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
Yes, there needs to be a minimum, base that gives meaning to the degree or accomplishment, but it must be recognized that not all students are college material AND that there are many jobs in this country that do not NEED college, but do need the... 5 years ago from a Democrat in Pasadena, CA
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... 5 years ago from a Republican in Oak Forest, IL
In principle yes, but the entire education system here needs to be overhauled to provide the opportunity of high quality education to ALL students regardless of background and location. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Bellaire, TX
Yes, but there should be tracking like there is in Europe. Students who cause problems and don't want to learn should not be a priority. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Las Vegas, NV
No, because each student learns different, example: hands on, visual, etc. I think each student should be tested to see what kind of learner they are and placed according to what kind of learner they are. Plus teachers should be placed in a class of... 5 years ago from a Democrat in Gilbert, SC
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. 5 years ago from a Republican in Joplin, MO
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
Do Not Know. 5 years ago from a Libertarian in Lansing, MI
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. 5 years ago from a Republican in Lowell, MA
No, the government should have nothing to do with education. 5 years ago from a Republican in Sun Prairie, WI
Common Core amounts to dumbing-down our children and is hardly more than indoctrination, not teaching the students to think for themselves!!!!. 5 years ago from a Libertarian in Glasgow, KY
I think I support them, but I am still learning about them. Youth need to learn how to think, not what to think so I lean toward them. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Garden City, ID
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. 5 years ago from a Republican in Wellington, UT
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
Public education is critical - our students are far behind many other countries - alas setting standards that do not take into account so many factors will fail - no child left behind a mess of down grading standards and creating schools teaching to one... 5 years ago from a Democrat in Mukilteo, WA
I support the IDEA but so far execution has been awful. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Astoria, NY
Federal Government should not be involved in schools. Families should be given vouchers and let them choose whether to homeschool, attend a charter school or a regular old public school. The Federal Government cannot know the needs of every child in... 5 years ago from a Republican in Portland, OR
Pay teachers based on performance not tenure. 5 years ago from a Republican in Fremont, NE
The common core standards are fine, but the testing mechanism and requirements are ridiculous. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Rochester, NY
I don't know enough about this business--but, i do know this stuff came from geo w bush and the republicans and, frankly, texas is so far down the ladder in education, it surprises me the voters in the state of texas continue to not get to the polls... 5 years ago from a Green in Macdona, TX
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
The federal government has no business involving itself in education; the use of standardized tests to measure achievement only dumbs down the level of education. 5 years ago from a Republican in Garden City, ID
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
Not sure, nowhere in these debates are the parents or kids held accountable. (u can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink) some folks/kids just don't care. 5 years ago from a Green in Waterloo, IN
The whole educational system needs to be overhauled. There is no current real accountability for the children. Pass, you get by in life. Fail, the system will take care of you. A different testing process does not solve this, and current solutions are... 5 years ago from a Republican in Fort Lupton, CO
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
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