Gallup reports 56% of parents in the dark about fed-ed scheme affecting their own children
This latest Gallup poll concerning U.S. public school parents’ views of the Common Core standards finds that even in states that have implemented the centralized standards, 27% of parents surveyed said they know “only a little” about the standards, while 29% know “nothing” about them at all, leaving 56% of public school parents with little to no knowledge of how and what their children are currently being taught.
Relatively few parents feel strongly about Common Core. Even among parents familiar with the federal program, just 13% view them very positively, while slightly more — 19% — view them very negatively.
Critics of Common Core have argued that the standards were crafted without sufficient involvement from parents, teachers, and local school boards, thus taking the public by surprise. In fact, fewer than four in 10 parents (38%) appear to be knowledgeable about the standards, saying they have heard either a great deal or a fair amount about them. Nearly as many — 31% — have heard nothing, while another 30% have heard only a little.
Parents in states that have already implemented Common Core are only slightly more familiar with it than those in other states, and their overall views toward the standards are about the same.
In not much of a revelation, the Gallup survey reports opposition to Common Core runs deeper among Republican parents.
Last September we wrote, “Alarmed by the voices of angry voters, parents dedicated to protecting their children and facing Diane Douglas, a knowledgeable conservative challenger in the 2014 election, John Huppenthal, Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, has decided the most advantageous scheme is to try to dupe the public by slickly changing the name from ‘Common Core’ to ‘Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.’”
Parental vigilance is needed to protect America’s students from overreaching federal bureaucrats.