A Rose By Any Other
Name Is Still ‘Common Core’
Parents and teachers across the nation report that children are suffering the consequences of Common Core standards at their schools. Carol Burris, New York state’s 2013 high school principal of the year, reports that as a result of Common Core, “We see kids [who] don’t want to go to school anymore.” Regarding the complicated new way Common Core math is being taught Principal Burris says, “I fear that they are creating a generation of young students who are learning to hate mathematics.” (New York Times, 2-17-14)
In the midst of the turmoil, some are offering silly solutions. At a recent CCSSO meeting, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a Common Core proponent, said the words “Common Core” are “toxic” and suggested that states: “Rebrand it, refocus it, but don’t retreat.”
Common Core in Iowa is now called “Iowa Core.” Florida replaced the words with “Next Generation Sunshine State Standards,” but it’s still Common Core.
In 2013 Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed an executive order changing the name of Common Core in that state to “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.” Brewer’s move didn’t fool the Arizona Senate Education Committee, which in February 2014 voted to stop Arizona from implementing the renamed Common Core standards. Other pending legislation in Arizona “would take away the power of the state to set educational standards and instead leave that role to local school boards.” (Arizona Daily Star, 2-21-14)
Parents, teachers, principals, citizens, or legislators never attended public hearings before Common Core was chosen by states because there were none. Common Core is a top-down scheme hatched by two Washington, D.C. lobbying organizations, promoted by wealthy philanthropists and utopian dreamers, and pushed by the federal government. It is doubtful that the public will be fooled by name changes.