Tell Us Your Common Core Stories

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Does your child’s homework look different lately?

Maybe something like this has happened to you or someone you know:

Heather Crossin, an Indianapolis mom of four…asked her school’s principal why 8-year-old Lucy’s math homework suddenly focused on abstract concepts, even drawing pictures to solve problems, instead of practicing formulas.

>>> Leave a comment and tell us your Common Core story here

Sample math from a third-grade textbook used in Common Core.

Sample math from a third-grade textbook used in Common Core.

The Obama Administration has incentivized states to accept national education standards—called Common Core—with billions in federal grants and waivers from the onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind. In a new Foundry Special Report, Alicia Cohn digs into what happens when a state questions Common Core.

In short: It’s a mess.

Cohn visited Indiana, which has “paused” implementation of Common Core to reevaluate whether it is right for students. She found that some in state government were dissatisfied with the level of scrutiny the standards received to begin with.

“I really think out of 150 legislators in the building, there were probably no more than a handful that had ever heard of Common Core, yet we adopted them as standards in the state of Indiana,” recalled State Senator Scott Schneider, a Republican.

Pausing—while important for Indiana to evaluate its next move—means teachers and students are left in the lurch about what curriculum they’re supposed to be teaching and learning, and how testing will be done.

>>> See what’s happening in Indiana

A pause isn’t enough, says Lindsey Burke, Heritage’s Will Skillman Fellow in education: “If states want to ensure they control their own education systems, nothing short of a total exit from Common Core national standards and tests will do.”

Why? Burke explains:

States that have agreed to adopt Common Core have relinquished authority over the content taught in local schools to national organizations and bureaucrats in Washington. They have handed over ownership of the standards and tests that are used—the backbone of curriculum—to national groups that, as far as we can tell, have no plan for maintaining and updating the standards in the future.

Though the Obama Administration touts Common Core as making students “college and career-ready,” a Stanford professor has described the standards as adequate to prepare students for “non-selective community colleges.” Meanwhile, a number of states seem to think just changing the name of the standards will quiet down the critics.

But Common Core’s effects run deep, Burke says, and it is the opposite of “what K-12 education in America so desperately needs right now: choice and competition.”

Have you experienced the Common Core standards? Tell us your story in the comments.



  1. Franklin Nash

    Mar 11, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Returning from a 5 year break from college in the Marine Corps, I find that the majority of my peers in university are incapable of basic problem solving. You can show them x + y = 5, but when you ask what y + x is, they lose their minds. Every class is the same. 90% of the students believe the problem is the professor and that they receive grades instead of earn them. I have yet to find a legitimately bad professor in 10 courses across nine disciplines here. And nearly every American student younger than 22 here has a strong foundation in Common Core. The older students or foreigners have no problems and give me a run for my money as top student. These correlations…

  2. Peter Scripture

    Mar 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    The purpose of our education system has always been to produce uneducated serfs to slave for those who run things. Common Core just furthers that agenda.

  3. Concerned Teacher

    Mar 11, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    The new Common Core reading materials we have at our school are heavy on biographies, and they are ALL Democrats. A unit on citizenship had a stories about Delores Huerta and Cesar Chavez, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and Jimmy Carter. No right leaning folks touted as good citizens. In a unit about electing a president, the book had pictures of Obama, both Clintons, John Kerry, etc. Only one photo of Republicans…McCain and Palin…the failed duo. Democrats were touted as the party of the poor, immigrants, and people who needed help. Republicans got one sentence about being the party of personal responsibility. These are just two examples of many I’ve come across in these materials so far. This is not accidental. There is a purposeful plan to indoctrinate the next generation, and it’s started.

    • Concerned Teacher

      Mar 11, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      *edit out the “a”