On Jan. 18, The Bee claimed that “Common Core has been relatively uncontroversial” and was opposed only by “tea party conspiracy theorists” and “labor leaders” afraid of union busting. The PBS New Hour piece, “Opting Out,” which aired March 11, demonstrated that kids subject to this system and their parents know better.
It made the point that the opposition to this latest educational fad is coming “from across the spectrum and from opposite sides of the political isle” and that “12 states have already dropped the Common Core tests ... and others are considering it.” The Washington Post, on Feb. 2, identified Common Core as the “fault line” deciding 2016 political races. For this reason and because parents and kids care deeply about their education, this issue should not be trivialized.
The implied premise of Common Core, that local school administrators, school board members and teachers lack the competence to properly assess and adequately teach kids, and The Bee’s defense of it, is hard to accept in a community which takes pride in its excellent schools. Parents from all points of the political spectrum don’t accept that premise. The PBS story reflects this.