By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
The 46th annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll on education shows public opposition skyrocketing and support dropping like a rock. The more the public learns about Common Core, the less they like it. Common Core supporters think that they have public relations problem because people just don’t understand how good it is. They are sadly mistaken. The problems with Common Core are manifold: 1. It’s methods are unproven, in ineffective 2. It violates student privacy, 3. It forces teaching to the test, and 4 worse of all, it teaches that America is no longer exceptional, just another county in the world.
These are key findings of the PDK/Gallup Poll:
- Over half of Americans (56%) say local school boards should have the greatest influence in deciding what is taught in the public schools.
- Most Americans (60%) oppose the Common Core State Standards, fearing that the standards will limit the flexibility of the teachers in their communities to teach what they think is best.
- Seven of 10 Americans support public charter schools, particularly when they’re described as schools that can operate independently and free of regulations.
- Most Americans (54%) don’t believe standardized tests help teachers know what to teach.
- Americans continue to assign higher grades to their local schools but far lower grades to the nation’s schools in general.
- Americans gave the President significantly lower grades on his performance in support of public schools.
These findings have serious consequences for this nation’s system of public education. Should the federal government reduce its involvement in public education and thus risk a reduced commitment to closing the well-documented achievement gap? Do local and state education leaders have the capacity and resources to transform America’s public schools calls for reform?
The PDK/Gallup poll is a scientifically based survey of 1,001 Americans 18 years and older. Because it is conducted annually and revisits many questions asked in prior years, the poll illuminates how American opinion about education changes or stays the same over time.