The Gates-funded poll called “Primary Sources” shows that teachers are souring on the Common Core. The report is co-sponsored annually by Gates and publisher Scholastic.
Emmanuel Felton of the HECHINGER Report writes:
“Fewer teachers are enthusiastic about Common Core implementation and fewer think the new standards will help their students, according to a survey sponsored by education publisher Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“The percentage of teachers who are enthusiastic about Common Core – a set of academic guidelines in math and English that more than 40 states have adopted – is down from 73 percent last year to 68 this year, according to a poll of 1,600 teachers across the country. And while more teachers continue to believe that the standards will help not hurt their students – 48 percent compared to 17 percent – the percentage of teachers in the survey who think the…
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October 4, 2014 at 07:46
Thank you for this informative article about the latest polling over Common Core.
I can only speak about Common Core from an English teacher’s perspective. Common Core will help improve education if it is implemented correctly. However, it is not the panacea that the Gates Foundation thinks it is.
Unfortunately, my District, the Chino Valley Unified School District, does not know how to implement it. There are many frustrated English teachers in CVUSD.
Common Core does demonstrate a major overhaul in curriculum; unfortunately, the leadership in many districts across the nation is ill-equipped to implement it. Teacher training is woefully inadequate.
The Common Core curriculum could help students become better world citizens; unfortunately, it will come at the expense of abandoning American traditions and values. There needs to be a balance between being a World Citizen and being an American Citizen. Unfortunately, Common Core does not maintain a balance.
October 4, 2014 at 08:49
There’s one district in Reno that may be getting it right. If your administration is open and not hard core CCSS implementers blindly controlled by manufactured political correctness funded by Bill Gates and his billions, then they may want to learn from Reno, and slow down drastically. I suggest you do not confront them face to face but slip this information to them through your local teachers’ union. Keep your name out of it. A teacher—with 20 years in the classroom, in the local Walnut Creek school district—where our daughter went to middle school—didn’t do this and now the kind of closed minded, Gates controlled CCSS administrators are working hard to get her fired and spread fear among the other teachers to shut them up and do what they are told like good, mindless CCSS robots.
“As districts across the nation grapple with implementing the Common Core State Standards, Aaron Grossman is already leading the way in Washoe County, Nev., where the strategy for helping teach the new reading and mathematics standards is being driven by those who are counting most on the guidance: the teachers themselves.”