The Tennessean published insulting headline of an op/ed from Tennessee that reads, “Parents support Common Core once they know what it is.” Common Core advocate Gloria Jean Sweet-Love, president of the Tennessee State Conference of the NAACP Branches, writes:
The anti-Common Core noise machine has failed. The initial results of the public review of the standards initiated by Gov. Bill Haslam show that Tennesseans want to build on the strong foundation provided by Common Core and work to make sure our schools are serving all of our children.
In fact, four recent national polls show that a clear majority of Americans support high, consistent academic expectations for all students — regardless of where they live.
Actually the opposite is true.
First it’s disconcerting to see angry parents referred to as “noise.”
Second, I’ve yet to run across polling that Sweet-Love describes. Surely she didn’t mean this poll or this poll or this poll. Heck even a growing number of teachers don’t like Common Core and I would think they certainly would know about Common Core. Polling is even dismal in Sweet-Love’s home state showed only 38% of residents within the Volunteer State supported Common Core. Last fall a poll showed 56% of Tennessee teachers wanted to abandon the standards. We could then bring up polling in other states which is enough to make any Common Core advocate depressed.
Those polls are just getting worse not better as time wears on.
How embarrassing. Sweet-Love’s article lacking evidence reminds of the standards themselves. A lot of claims with zero evidence to back it up.
HT: A.P. Dillion