Common Core curricula and testing is nudging some parents toward the idea of homeschooling and some teachers toward retirement. Standardized education may have sounded like a good idea to country leaders, but the implementation has been costly financially and emotionally for communities, students and teachers. Some people are calling Common Core corporate-sponsored school reform.
School districts have had to purchase new testing software and new Common-Core aligned curricula. That means tax increases for parents and less money going to existing school programs.
The new standards and testing requirements are changing the way kids experience school and the way teachers are allowed to teach. Kindergarten is being called the new first grade with nightly homework and testing conducted with computer software. One teacher described an all-day ordeal with technological mishaps and crying children.
Parents are beginning to get concerned. Some are angry that their schools haven't done more to fight the new standards or to inform parents about them.
Valerie Strauss of The Answer Sheet described "the core" this way:
Variously motivated corporate interests, arguing that the core was being sloppily taught, organized a behind-the-scenes campaign to super-standardize it. They named their handiwork the Common Core State Standards to hide the fact that it was driven by policymakers in Washington D.C., who have thus far shoved it into every state except Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia.
This was done with insufficient public dialogue or feedback from experienced educators, no research, no pilot or experimental programs — no evidence at all that a floor-length list created by unnamed people attempting to standardize what’s taught is a good idea.
The standards are typically described as "rigorous," although there is opposition from states where people believe the standards will "dumb down" their existing curricula.
The new standards are a continuation of the destruction done by No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top to the already out-dated punitive education system.
For more information about the Common Core controversy: Seattle Education Blog