I agree with all of the positives listed, but I still need to see that the common core framework will adjust based upon validity of the standards and age appropriateness while engaging teachers in the conversation. The policy makers also need to ensure that they aren’t just setting us up to teach to the test, as Smarter Balanced and PARCC suggest. There is still much work to be done.
Gallup also took a look at what teachers specifically think about the Common Core. As it turns out, they are pretty split. But just to show how damn important partisanship is, Republican teachers (presumably, regardless of classroom experiences) are far more negative than Democratic teachers:
That’s really pretty amazing to presumably see political ideology trump actual experiences in the classroom. What I also find quite interesting (and encouraging) is that the teachers most familiar with the Common Core are the most supportive:
Finally, it is also interesting to see the strong support for actual national standards:
Teachers were given an opportunity on the poll to state what they consider to be the most positive aspect of the Common Core, as well as the most negative aspect.
These open-ended responses paint an unambiguous picture of what teachers consider to be the most positive aspect, as 56% of all public school teachers…
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