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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. 8 years ago from a Libertarian in Hinesville, GA
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. 8 years ago from a Republican in Milford, DE
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... 8 years 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... 8 years ago from a Democrat in Romney, WV
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. 8 years ago from a Democrat in Saint Augustine, FL
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. 8 years ago from a Libertarian in Cheshire, CT
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,... 8 years ago from a Republican in Jacksonville, FL
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... 8 years ago from a Republican in Flippin, AR
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... 8 years 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... 8 years ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS
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. 8 years ago from a Democrat in Peoria, AZ
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,... 8 years 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.
Hummmm I must have been a slave when I worked downtown at a beauty shop. 8 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. 8 years ago from a Green in Saint Albans, NY
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. 8 years 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???... 8 years 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... 8 years ago from a Republican in Tacoma, WA
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. 8 years ago from a Democrat in Fort Lauderdale, FL
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. 8 years ago from a Republican in Rome, NY
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 1%. 8 years ago from a Democrat in West Sacramento, CA
I support standards that allow our children to transition from Highschool directly into 100 level courses in College. If HS Grads need Math 70 and english 95 the Highschool system is FAILING. They should also include more finance management and life... 8 years ago from a Democrat in Mukilteo, WA
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. 8 years ago from a Republican in Frankfort, IL
Educational standards should be uniform throughout the United States, but it must start with parents/students committed to learning. Empower GOOD teachers and strong administrators to implement high standards. 8 years ago from a Democrat in Marietta, OH
National standards must be adjusted to exclude the results of special education students from the proficiency scores. In smaller populations, these scores negatively skew the results and don't accurately reflect the education quality. 8 years ago from a Democrat in Milton, VT
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... 8 years ago from a Republican in Oak Forest, IL
Each student graduating from public education should have a firm knowledge of basic skills in math, English, science and history/government, sufficient to be able to make their way in this society. This crazy standardized testing serves no one but the... 8 years ago from a Democrat in Haltom City, TX
The Common Core leaves a lot of room for variety in exactly what is taught. As it is now the old way of giving standardized test is not representative of the Common Core. To accurately test/evaluate students using the Common Core each individual test is... 8 years ago from a Democrat in Weaverville, NC
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... 8 years ago from a Republican in Manchester Township, NJ
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... 8 years ago from a Democrat in Gilbert, SC
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. 8 years ago from a Libertarian in Virginia Beach, VA
No these standards are obsolete A new set of standards should be set up with the thought of mind where at what level of education we want our students and schools . 8 years ago from a Democrat in Garden City, MI
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. 8 years ago from a Green in Philadelphia, PA
Common Core amounts to dumbing-down our children and is hardly more than indoctrination, not teaching the students to think for themselves!!!!. 8 years ago from a Libertarian in Glasgow, KY
Yes, national educational standards will help improve our national average and better prepare students for college, and be globally competitive as well as keep our nation from falling behind.. But we also need to take into consideration the various ways individuals learn. We need to have equality on subject matter, but work with the reality that there are many different ways in which the human brain learns, and not everyone is the same.
Equal education with help every child, and therefore our nation as a whole, to be competitive in the world, instead of falling far behind as we currently are. 8 years ago from a Green in Potwin, KS
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... 8 years ago from a Republican in Mount Wolf, PA
I support standards and expectations being uniform across US states so that. I do not support watered down standards that are purely aimed at passing standardized tests. These standards should be implemented in a very deliberate, non-threatening fashion,... 8 years ago from a Democrat in Tallassee, TN
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. 8 years ago from a Democrat in Garden City, ID
As I'm not familiar with CCNES I'm not sure. 8 years ago from a Republican in Palmer, MA
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... 8 years ago from a Green in Ithaca, 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... 8 years ago from a Democrat in Mukilteo, WA
Common Core National standards should be created by EDUCATORS - not politicians or non-expert individuals. The standards should then be administered by EDUCATORS in each state and tailored to the needs of those communities - with the ultimate aim of full... 8 years ago from a Democrat in Altamonte Springs, FL
No the common core is a disaster and as an educator, I'm appalled that the government bought into this curriculum. 8 years ago from a Democrat in Potwin, KS
Judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, and it will always think it's dumb. 8 years ago from a Democrat in Brockport, NY
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?. 8 years ago from a Republican in Pigeon Forge, TN
I do if the spending is fair acorss the board and not racist as it is now. 8 years ago from a Democrat in Potwin, KS
No, I support a 'voucher' system and rescinding all Federal and State involvement in education beyond provision of a voucher to any educational provider of the parental choice. No government entity may authorize, recommend or prohibit any... 8 years ago from a Republican in Le Roy, MN
Pay teachers based on performance not tenure. 8 years ago from a Republican in Fremont, NE
Too soon to know if the Common Core is the right choice for our students. Only time will tell. Still feel that there is WAY too much testing - therefore, too much teaching to a test. 8 years ago from a Democrat in Potwin, KS
Education should be privatized. Let the free market decide if common core is best. 8 years ago from a Libertarian in Henderson, NV
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... 8 years ago from a Democrat in Springfield, MA