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PartyFree October 31st, 2014 4:08am

Have you formed your opinion on the Common Core standards by reading the standards for yourself, or have you formed your opinion from what is reported in the media?

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Spartacus AUSTIN
10/31/14 8:30 am

I also listened to my sister as she is a teacher and has first hand experience with it.

corino Utah
10/31/14 8:22 am

Sadly what I see in the media is a bunch of people who can't do the math I was taught in second grade.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/31/14 7:35 am

I have read a lot about the standards, but have only read through a few of the actual standards. Those seem very reasonable. The excellent site answers every question a parent or student might have about the them.

ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
10/31/14 10:13 am

Either I'm an idiot or something, because that confused the hell out of me. And it explained nothing about Special Ed students. Typical. SMH

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/31/14 10:41 am

I don't think Common Core standards are intended to apply to Special Ed students, but that may vary state to state. My state does a good job of clarifying it here:

BrittneyBunny Maryland
10/31/14 6:33 am

I formed my own opinion. I was about to graduate as an elementary school teacher but sitting in a classroom, helping teachers teach common core (and have a hard time), and watching students struggle made me completely change my mind.

s4mm1 MD SLP
10/31/14 6:21 am

Common core isn't bad per se, it's the way it's being implemented is mind boglingly stupid.

PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
10/31/14 11:40 am

Agreed!!! The implementation is incredibly frustrating.

dxstap Bloomington, Indiana
10/31/14 5:24 am

My opinion is that I don't have an opinion.
I don't even know what Common Core is. From the sound of it I'm guessing it's the next new standards for education.

10/31/14 3:55 am

I have seen simple images of the crap in common core, and also heard teacher's opinions.
It sucks
The math makes no sense ("make 10 from 5+8"), and the social studies is indoctrination/brainwashing.

10/31/14 3:57 am

If you don't believe me on the second part, here is a quote from a CC textbook:
"The second amendment was created so we would not be British, who wanted to take guns."
It also includes things about "why is government always right?" and that crap. :'/

cowboy Doors of Perception
10/31/14 1:11 am

It's a ridiculous idea. This is what happens when there's a basketball player heading the DoE.

leilu SoCal
10/30/14 10:08 pm

I haven't yet experienced Common Core but my sister is a teacher and I've learned from her.

Rotavele Alabama
10/30/14 9:41 pm

Most people want to say they formed them on their own, but reading a Fox News/MSNBC article on common core is not on your own.

Then again no one wants to say they did. I was honest and said media. I learned about it on here, so social media.

Rotavele Alabama
10/30/14 9:42 pm

But I was going to hit on my own until I thought about it. Really unless you read about common core on a govt website, you've just read the media and are at least partial to one view if you read the article.

zuko on deck
10/31/14 5:44 am

I voted media, also...mostly social media sites where people discuss them. I am embarrassingly ignorant about them.

susanr Colorado
10/30/14 9:34 pm

I haven't read the standards myself, so I've gotten all I know from the media. However, I don't buy the trashing of it that I've seen in some "news" reports. And the math stuff that I've seen torn apart in some articles - I get it; I really get why

susanr Colorado
10/30/14 9:36 pm

they're teaching it that way - at least for the couple of examples I've seen. Maybe that's because I was taught with a math curriculum that was considered experimental at the time, but it just seems to me to provide *understanding* of concepts rather

susanr Colorado
10/30/14 9:37 pm

than solely rote repetition.

I've also seen a video or two that was edited to make it seem something was being claimed that just wasn't true (the "it's fine to teach kids that 4 + 2 = 10" or some such crap). If you watch the whole thing, the video

susanr Colorado
10/30/14 9:39 pm

has been manipulated to make it sound as if Common Core teaches that any old answer is OK, which wasn't true in context.

This kind of misunderstanding, & then deliberate twisting of facts just to make liberals look like idiots, makes me lean

susanr Colorado
10/30/14 9:40 pm

toward supporting it, even though I really don't know much about it. So that's a *very* qualified answer.

imanag My heaven on Earth
10/30/14 9:22 pm

Common Core confusion kept my tutoring business full to the brink in NC. Parents kept asking me for interpretations & the kids were even more confused adapting to the new curriculum. From what I've seen across grades & subjects, I'm not impressed.

10/30/14 9:18 pm

I had no opinion on the Common Core until my child was in Kindergarten bringing home what I considered ridiculous homework. I quickly became an unfan. It's not so much the benchmarks that I disagree with, but the way it's taught--particularly math.

PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
10/30/14 9:12 pm

Based on comments I've seen both here and on Facebook, I suspect that most people formed their opinion of the Common Core standards based on what they hear in the media. I'd love for this poll to prove me wrong, as I believe every parent should read

PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
10/30/14 9:13 pm

their state's standards so they know what their kids are supposed to be learning in school in a given year.

chinito Florida
10/30/14 9:17 pm

I send my kids to a private school because I believe the level is much higher there. They are way more advanced from what common core dictates.