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It has turned into a fear mongering tool for the right to attack the left, even though the left has very little to do with it. Of course, most of the things the right likes to blame the left for have little involvement with the actual left. Most opposition towards it comes from think tanks, charter schools, for-profit colleges/universities, and home schooling parents.
Who is behind it?
Short answer, an independent initiative and not the US Department of Education. The group is called Common Core State Standards Initiative which was developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was in favor of Common Core, but by 2015 has turned to opposing it. Jeb Bush has been a long-term supporter of Common Core, but is now avoiding using that phrase.
HSLDA has dedicated a movie to the evils of Common Core called "Building the Machine".
Glenn Beck, in his book Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education. As if the title doesn't have enough fallacy with the reductio ad absurdum of Common Core as "conformity", the book has a, erhm, pretty rotten core of not even wrong claims about Common Core such as: "Since most parents don't understand the Common Core techniques, students are becoming more dependent on their schools and teachers for their education, and less on help from their parents. This is like a dream come true for progressives who hope to continue to minimize the role of parents in the lives of their children."
Perhaps the one element of the proposed Common Core curriculum that has received the most negative attention is the manner in which it teaches certain arithmetic problems. Rather than just teaching the digit-by-digit subtraction algorithm, the Common Core also includes material on understanding the subtraction process and learning certain shortcuts.
This notion made the rounds as a "look at how ridiculous these standards are!", in much the same way the "New Math" did back in the 1960s. The example chosen by the standards' opponents is usually one designed to make the "new way" look ridiculous, such as "32 - 20"; other examples, like "3000 - 1", can instead make the "new way" look good.
- Common Core main site
- Public Schools in the Crosshairs: Far-Right Propaganda and the Common Core State Standards Southern Poverty Law Center
- In the US, "K" stands for Kindergarten (nominally five-year-old kids) and "12" refers to twelfth grade, or high school senior class, with students nominally seventeen years old.
- "Myths v. Facts About the Common Core Standards". http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CoreFacts.pdf.
- CCSSI FAQ
- Bradner, Eric (February 11, 2015). "Jeb Bush isn't saying 'Common Core'". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/10/politics/jeb-bush-2016-common-core/index.html. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
- Media Matters, The 8 Most Ridiculous Attacks On Public Education In Glenn Beck's New Book.
- About That ‘Common Core’ Math Problem Making the Rounds on Facebook…, Patheos blogs, 7-March-2014