The Heritage Foundation released a new report this month entitled Common Core and the Centralization of American Education. It is co-written by several well known names in the fight to oppose Common Core:
- Lindsey M. Burke is the Will Skillman Fellow for Education in Domestic Policy Studies, of the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, at The Heritage Foundation.
- Neal McCluskey is director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute.
- Theodor Rebarber is CEO and founder of AccountabilityWorks.
- Stanley Kurtz is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing editor to National Review Online.
- William A. Estrada is director of federal relations at the Home School Legal Defense Association.
- Williamson M. Evers is a Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development.
Lindsey Burke who was the editor of the paper wrote in the introduction:
Stop a federal bureaucrat, a school teacher, and a parent on the street and you will likely hear three different observations about what education can, and should, do. The federal bureaucrat may respond in terms of what education should accomplish for the nation; the teacher might filter her response through the lens of her classroom; and the parent, naturally, will think in aspirational terms of what she hopes education can do for her child.
Considering these differing perspectives on the purpose of education provides insight into why opposition to Common Core has been strongest among parents and why national organizations and governors—responding to federal incentives to stick with the national standards and tests—have been slower to reverse course or even reconsider. National standards may provide useful information to state and federal policymakers, but they have driven curriculum and pedagogy in a direction that dissatisfies parents.
Read the paper here or below: