An enormous effort to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is underway in more than 40 states and the District of Columbia. Districts are training staff, field-testing assessments, and evaluating technology requirements. Teachers are rewriting curriculum and instruction to prepare students for more rigorous coursework. Some states are further ahead than others. And as the 2014 – 2015 implementation deadline draws near, it’s likely that the road has been—and will continue to be—a bit rocky. But schools are forging ahead with the initiative—even as it faces opponents who are determined to mislabel the effort as everything from “Obamacore” to a “national curriculum.” The Common Core is a set of voluntary K–12 standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The White House did not create the initiative, nor is it leading it. The standards were developed by governors and state school officials, with input from a wide range of educators, content experts, national organizations (including NEA), and community groups.

The challenges surrounding implementation, however, are formidable. Teachers are concerned about adapting their classrooms to the rigorous new standards and receiving the proper training. Many are also wondering about the role of new assessments. But they also recognize the enormous opportunity that lies ahead.

“Educators desperately want to reclaim the joy in teaching—which means creative lesson plans, meaningful exploration of topics, and inspiring the joy of real learning in our students,” says NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “Common Core could help achieve that if the implementation is done correctly.”

To reach that goal, all stakeholders must work together and take a leadership role in educating each other and the general public about the Common Core. It’s a complex subject. The following facts are intended to clarify key points, allay concerns about what the Common Core isn’t, and—most importantly—highlight how the standards can be the game-changer students need.

1. Most NEA Members Support the Common Core

Are many teachers anxious about the Common Core? Absolutely. Are some die-hard critics? No doubt. But there is no massive groundswell of opposition to the Common Core among NEA members. An NEA poll conducted in July by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research found that 75 percent of its members—teachers and education support professionals —supported the standards outright or supported “with reservations.” Whether it’s tighter content focus or opportunities for deeper critical thinking, the majority of teachers see the new standards as something to get excited about. Another poll released by the American Federation of Teachers revealed similar levels of enthusiasm, again indicating some educator anxiety, but confirming that AFT member support of the Common Core is strong.

2. “Drill and Kill” Curriculum Could Be History

The standards don’t dictate how teachers should teach. Quite the opposite. Teachers who support the Common Core—like Colorado educator Jessica Keigan—understand that teachers and their schools will determine how to help students meet the standards. “I understand the anxiety that many teachers may have,” Keigan says. “What I remind myself of is that teachers are making the standards work in the classroom. We’re taking the lead.” For Sue Yokum of Pennsylvania, the creativity the standards allow will make her final year of teaching a memorable one. “The Common Core gives me guidance, but it does not tell me what materials to use. That’s up to me,” explains Yokum. “It allows me to do something different this year and next year so that when I go out at 40 years, it’ll be the best year I ever taught.”

3. The Standards are Designed to Help all Students

Students from economically disadvantaged communities are often consigned to larger classes where they face an undemanding curriculum and outdated resources. As a result, too many students graduate without the basic knowledge and skills they need to successfully complete college or enter the workforce. Properly implemented, CCSS will ensure that all students— no matter where they live—will graduate prepared for college, careers, and citizenship. “The standards make things equal for all children in the U.S.,” says Colorado teacher Cheryl Mosier. “We’re not going to have pockets of high-performing students in one area compared to another area. Everybody will have a very high bar to meet, but it’s a bar that can be met—with supports [in place] for all teachers.”

In addition, alternative assessments are being designed to measure the growth of every student population. The World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment, for example, is a collaborative that advances the needs of English language learners. They have ensured that the new standards support and do not replace existing English language proficiency standards. Implementation of the standards should also address the needs of students with disabilities. The current plans for implementation should not in any way diminish access to the range of supports that students might need in order to learn.

4. Shakespeare is Welcome

Critics charge that the standards crowd out high-quality fiction, poetry, theater, and other imaginative texts in favor of nonfiction, “informational texts” believed to be an essential canon in the “college ready” arsenal. The standards explicitly say, however, that Shakespeare and classic American literature should be taught. While the standards do require increasing amounts of nonfiction, this provision refers to reading across all subjects, not just English.

5. Common Core Promotes Cross Curricular Learning

For Arkansas English/language arts teacher Kathy Powers, it’s not about fiction vs. non-fiction reading. It’s about integrating them with other disciplines, like English and social studies, or literacy, math, and science. “The CCSS will change my classroom teaching practice because I’ll infuse more of my instruction of non-fiction texts with fiction so the students get more of a content knowledge background,” Powers explains. “I work with our social studies teachers to bring in more of their content and vice versa.” The CCSS are designed to support cross-curricular learning and social studies, history, science, and PE teachers can and should be part of the effort. Many teachers already plan across subject matter, but the standards present a great opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in different classrooms. This will be a welcome change for many teachers—especially those who are new to the profession—who long to break out of classroom silos.

6. Success Depends on Better, Balanced Assessment and Accountability Systems

The next generation of assessments will provide better and more usable feedback for teachers, students, and parents. Most states that have adopted the CCSS belong to one of two assessment consortia, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) or the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). No one expects the transition to be easy, says Jim Meadows of the Washington Education Association. “It’ll take some time for the system to realign to support student learning tied to the Common Core. The standards are more rigorous but they’re also more focused. So the assessments are going to be different and there are going to be growing pains. When the initial assessment results come out, they may be lower,” explains Meadows.

Teachers overwhelmingly support an implementation schedule that will enable them to get up to speed before these new assessments are used to evaluate performance. NEA has long called for an end to high-stakes testing consequences, particularly during the Common Core transition period. In 2013, NEA, AFT, and 12 national education groups called for a moratorium of at least one year on high-stakes decisions based on new assessments aligned to the new standards. Over the next year, NEA and its affiliates will make it a top priority to work with policymakers across the country to improve the assessment process.

7. Implementation is a Work-in-Progress

Critical investments must be made to ensure educators have the time and resources to collaborate and make adjustments to classroom instruction. This includes more effective and sustained professional development—not just one-stop shop workshops and training videos, but the time and structure to collaborate with colleagues. Additional resources must be allocated to bring schools’ technology up to speed. Sound and effective policies will reinforce the standards, and teachers, education support professionals, and parents must work together to ensure the best possible implementation occurs so students can reap the benefits of that collaboration.

8. Teacher Leadership is Essential

As states begin implementation, teachers are advocating for the things that lead to success: resources, professional development, and time for collaboration. Teacher leaders are essential to the successful implementation of the Common Core. For this reason, President Van Roekel appointed 56 educators to an NEA Common Core Working Group last fall. The move is part of a nationwide effort to prepare educators to implement the standards. The group will ensure that teacher voice is prominent throughout Common Core implementation; facilitate communication about the standards; and assist in the development of engaging and relevant resources.

“This is an opportunity for teachers to discuss what isn’t working,” explains Kathy Powers. “We can use our voices collectively to critique areas of the Common Core that may need a little polishing.”

9. Parents are Key Partners

Parents have always played a huge role in helping students learn, and the success or failure of Common Core implementation depends largely on collaboration between educators and parents. But results of a recent Gallup poll indicate only half of public school parents had even heard of the standards. Parents and community leaders should increase their knowledge of the standards and work together to ensure fair and successful implementation. Educators should reach out to parents and pressure lawmakers to provide the resources and to make implementation easier for teachers and students.

10. Resources for Teachers Abound

A wealth of online tools and resources are available to broaden educators’ knowledge about Common Core content and the new assessments and provide sample lessons and links to individual state resources. NEA has released a Common Core toolkit designed to help educators prepare for implementation. The toolkit provides general background about the CCSS, separates truth from fiction about the standards, and offers hands-on practical assistance to help educators prepare for implementation. Users can download editable materials and presentations in small chunks that may be used in a variety of settings. Video resources suitable for use by individuals and teams are also available.

  • Kristen Wilkins

    I know 25,000+ educators who are against common core. Your point one is wrong. Have all NEA teachers polled please! Your data will be very different.

  • Chris Fazzina

    Exactly how much money did the Gates Foundation give you people? Apparently, quite a bit more than my dues. Please stop shoving this Common Core Propoganda down my throat. Was the NEA apart of the creation of the Common Core? Who was?

  • http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com Peter

    In thirty-five years of teaching, I have never been as saddened by the NEA as I am now. The unqualified cheerleading for the Common Core is a betrayal of classroom teachers across the country.

    The Core, created without any meaningful from real teachers, is the leading edge of a corporate power/money grab accompanying the dismantling of public education. Its very premise is that American teachers are failing and must be prodded and coached in order to do their jobs well.

    This, however, is the first time I’ve seen the NEA carry water for SBAC and PARCC. I thought the position was “CCSS could be okay if they don’t lead to more and worse testing.” Have you abandoned even that slim principle, too?

  • Rosie

    NEA = SELLOUTS!!!

    Let’s talk about how much $$$$ NEA & AFT received from Gates Foundation to promote CC.

  • Jennifer

    I was not poled about this issue. If I were, I would most definately NOT be behind the push for Common Core. How much has Bill Gates donated to your organization?

  • Linda

    Is the NEA so afraid of the current rash of union- busting rhetoric that it has lost its way on all matters? CC’s developmentally inappropriate standards (especially in early years and in math) is antithetical to a well-rounded education. Its reliance on over-testing and corporate profiteering is equally inappropriate and is contributing to a loss of childhood, a degradation of public education, inordinate stress on tteachers, and unrealistic promises. CC has not been longitudinally tested; it has no validity. I urge the NEA to use my dues to better inform its own leadership about the true costs of CC.

  • Geoff Ruonavaara

    These are fine talking points, but from what I have seen of the implementation, Common Core is leading to increased high stakes testing. Your claim that you will work for a moratorium is evidently not working well anywhere as teachers are being subjected to microscopic evaluations based on the mountains of minutia packed into Common Core. Legislators have pounced upon the idea that now they really have ammunition to shut down public education and turn to for profit charters that do not have to adhere to Common Core or any sensible alternative … including certification or experience. Drive out the experienced teachers and usher in the new, cheaper alternatives, e.g. Teach for America to fill the shortage.

  • Donna Shubert

    #11 The NEA can be bought by Gates $$ but even worse they are using members’ dues money to promote common core. There should be a full investigation into the NEA and AFT to see who they are representing.

  • Robin C

    I taught for 34 years in a very large suburban high school. All 34 years I paid my dues to NEA, IEA, and my local union and now I’m paying IEA-R. I’m so disgusted with the NEA’s position on Common Core – and its taking of money from the Gates Foundation – that I’m seriously thinking of quitting as a member.

    My school certainly jumped into RttT and starting aligning our already rigorous curriculum to the standards. At that time, none of our 250+ teachers were involved in terms of input on the standards, test creating, lesson planning, or, heaven forbid, teacher evaluation. And NEA certainly didn’t poll me in terms of this claim that “most NEA members support the Common Core.” How can they when 70% of NY students “failed” the test, test scores in Kentucky dropped 30% using a pilot exam, Pearson admitted to many mistakes/problems in grading the tests, states are pulling out of CC and legislative bills are being filed to stop it as well? How can teachers and parents support a test whose results they don’t see?

    There are so many twisted “facts” in this article that I can’t believe an education association published it.

  • Peter

    You have got to be kidding me– the comments that were previously here are being erased??!!

  • Peter

    Oh, wait. Never mind. Apparently I’m suffering some sort of intermittent glitch here. Which raises a new question– why isn’t there a way to erase something particularly stupid that I’ve posted myself?

  • Lynn

    Common Core is developmentally inappropriate for my kindergarten students. Stop drinking Kool Aid and support what is best for children. There is nothing good about Corporate (Common) Core, and you know it.

  • Susan

    Things to make you go hmmmmm about some of the 10 things:

    #1? I wasn’t polled, nor were any of my 100+ collegues – none of us support CC

    #3? CC def ws not designed with the Spec Ed child in mind

    #4? really, just sat in a H.S. department meeting where we were all specifically told that Romeo and Juliet and the like are only relevant to College literature majors and their professors and that our kids should be learning real life things like how to write and read manuals.

    #7 & #8? very few teachers in my district received training, despite asking for it, and are still unclear – b/c this one size fits all curriculum doesn’t work for a diverse school population

    #9? Not only are the parents uninformed, but many are uninvolved, yet they are not held accountable for their kids grades – ps – parent teacher night – many of my colleagues had 0 parents show up

    #10? You mean engage NY? give me a break – those youtube videos that keep crashing or don’t start at all

    YOU FORGOT to add a #11 – – exactly how much $$ did you get from the Gates Foundation? SHAME SHAME on you for even printing this story – where exactly do my dues go???

  • ME

    There is no wonder that history is not a subject thought important by the common core advocates. If so too many people would remember how the NEA stood AGAINST testing and for independent classrooms free from government intrusion. Also Americans would not be made into slaves by all consuming government and their accomplices. TO paraphrase Patrick Henry I ask the NEA, is money or looking good to the ruling class so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

  • TeachWA

    Wrong, wrong, wrong, on so many levels. I’m ashamed of the NEA. I don’t pay dues to have the leadership carry water for Arne Duncan and Bill Gates. Wake up and back us up here! My guess is that your poll numbers are swapped: 25% of teachers support CC and 75% of us see it for what it is. Or maybe the stats you present here do not match the question you actually asked?

  • Barbara

    I agree with the person who said that this program is not developmentally appropriate for the younger kids. Why do we keep having all children pegged the same…round pegs do not fit in square holes. Let us get the basics down and then begin to let students explore. along with this the amount of testing being required is absolutely unbelievable.

  • NewTeacher

    Is this a joke? Seriously, NEAToday? Unless I counted wrong, doesn’t secondary English have like 46 standards? And I am to be *thankful*? Maybe we need less, not more. Check out THIS article.

    http://www.wired.com/business/2013/10/free-thinkers/all/.

  • Teresa W.

    Why has the NEA not polled it’s own members? You will find that we don’t support the CC because most states have standards that were working very well for the students. What didn’t work was all 50 states having different tests, different text books, different everything. Bad for profits for the education corporations. It is time NEA members step up and make changes in our leadership if this is the “leadership” offered. NEA members do not support the common core!

  • skoolteacher

    Funny how you can’t “like” any of these comments-! I thought many were very likable!

  • http://NEAToday Sandra

    OMG! SHAME on you for supporting the Common Core. Susan had it right – this is a MESS! No training for the teachers in MY district. Everyone has been forced to develop his own curriculum. Where is the continuity? God help these poor children next year. And the year after that. They will be the big losers in this takeover of the late, great American educational system!

  • ME

    This article is simply regurgitated talking points from the Common Core website. However they forgot one, that teachers were involved in the creation of Common Core. This is simply not the case. From their website

    Myth: No teachers were involved in writing the Standards.

    Fact: The common core state standards drafting process relied on teachers and standards experts from across the country. In addition, there were many state experts that came together to create the most thoughtful and transparent process of standard setting. This was only made possible by many states working together.

    They dance around the truth that no teachers had input on the creation of the standards just that their were involved in the drafting process. How much of their input was considered? Who were these teachers? And who were these so called state experts? So much for transparency!

  • Carla

    This article is full of lies. I am YET to meet an educator that is happy with Common Core.

  • Meg Norris

    The Gates Foundation gave money to:
    National Education Association – $7,356,432
    American Federation of Teachers – $11,343,925
    Parent Teacher Association – $2,721,386
    National Governors Association (NGA) – $25,139,674
    The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) – $79,033,581

    Now….tell me again how CC is a good thing? NEA, AFT, PTA = have all sold our children and our teachers out!!!!

  • kathie

    “There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.”
    ? Mario Savio

    CC$$ are about destroying education, educators, and children….follow the money! it leads to billionaires who want to line their pockets, and they do NOT car who they hurt….i am withdrawing my membership from NEA after 26 years until you STOP supporting the CC$$!!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/BadAssTeachers/ Kelly A. Braun

    NEA Not Ever Acceptable to not consider your members opinions…..how could you be sooooo bracken as to throw this up in there faces……..

    Do you realize EATEN apples do not look inviting at all….this is not whole or wholly good……. this is all about $$$ and you are going to lose membership if you keep these kinds of messages up that show you are NOT IN TOUCH with whom you REPRESENT…… ^o^

  • Meg Norris

    Oh and if you want to know exactly WHY standards don’t work try this: http://dianeravitch.net/2013/07/05/robert-shepherd-common-core-requires-teaching-abstract-skills-not-content/

  • Jim

    NEA who are these teachers that support CC? Did you survey Teach for America? Taking Mr. Gate’s money has destroyed your credibility. We all knew that unions were being attacked but now it seems to be an inside job. Keep writing your pro CC propaganda but just know we don’t believe a word of it.

  • ELF

    Your data isn’t rigorous enough. The vast majority of teachers HATE this disaster! We know NEA has been bought off. You’re throwing your own members under the bus? Thanks for nothing and good luck with that suicide mission.

  • JonNY

    I can NOT believe NEA would promote this corporate garbage! I want my Union dues back!!! Stop bowing down to this nonsense or I will vote to disaffiliate with you Nationally. I have watched great teachers reduced to tears by this canned nonsense. Stand for your MEMBERS not the dollars you get from Gates! You should all resign, and get people in leadership that speak for teachers and children!

  • Cheryl

    Until the Common Core is rewritten by teachers rather than never-taught Michelle Rhee minions; Until Common Core has been completely separated from and unlinked from the high stakes testing forced on students by USDOE and states as part of the package; until the Common Core reflect a balanced curriculum that includes the arts, physical education, the humanities and math and science; and until the Common Core has been redesigned to be developmentally appropriate– no teacher worth his or her salt can approve of them because they violate so many of the basic tenets of a well designed education!

  • Jim

    Last time I looked this was at 28 comments. Now it’s 16. I see this must be the way NEA conducts it’s surveys. This member’s previous comment was deleted.

  • David Zeeman

    I’m seriously thinking that it’s time to break with the NEA. They’ve lost their minds and are no longer representing the interests of students, teachers, and parents. When did NEA sell out??

  • Chris

    NEA has apparently lost (or sold) all connection to reality. Teachers have little to no say in the implementation and “evaluation” of the CC$$, and it is, after all, the implementation that matters. On the issue of Common Care, NEA is not effectively representing its membership. Maybe you should consider writing an improvement plan before you fraudulently collect any more of your members hard earned money.

  • Lynette

    ^o^. I am SO disappointed to find that my very own union is drinking the CC Kool-aid. Where are your member voices? Where is the dialogue? I do not know of any educator touting the CC flag. It comes down to money and who is paying for what. How much has the NEA received to promote CC?

  • Steve

    First as teachers proof read before you hit post. Secondly clearly many teachers don not support CCSS. “Common Core is a set of voluntary K–12 standards” Can I opt out? shame on you NEA.

  • Kristie

    I was angered and saddened to read your article on Common Core. As a parent and a teacher I completely disagree with almost all your points. Where is the data to support your claims? I agree with the concept of high standards as ALL teachers do but the one size fits all approach is worthless. Please take the time to do some more research and maybe poll more than a few select teachers…..

  • Mandy

    You must have received quite a payoff to promote this garbage. Im glad my daughter graduated and doesn’t have to deal with this. By the way, I think you LIED about your statistics. Shame on you for hurting our kids with this.

  • Julie

    I have not spoken to a single NEA member who supports Common Core. It sounds like only the “top” supports it, not the MAJORITY!

  • Kathie Wing Larsyn

    why can’t i like any of these comments against the CC$$??? also, i wasn’t polled….the CC$$ are basically the take over of education by billionaires who do NOT care that they are inappropriate and based on junk science! the lies are so many on your graphic, i would have to write a research paper to counter them all….shame on you! ^0^

  • Rat Fink

    You have SOLD OUT YOUR OWN MEMBERSHIP. Sold us right down the river, due to your endless greed. You think we’re all idiots and can’t see it, but I hope to Jesus that you will be shown what folly this was when it eventually all comes crashing down as the consummate failure that it is.

    SHAME on NEA.

  • http://Firstgrademonkey@gmail.com Anna

    I am an AR rep for my building. I have teachers leaving the union over this issue. I might join them. I joined the union because they negotiate our contracts, protect us from un warranted malpractice claims, protect our rights for due process and stand up for children. At least I thought they did. Now I find my dues are being used to promote unfair and unvalidated uses if standardized testing which is a direct affront to due process. My dues are being used to promote the unlawful gathering of student and teacher data which is a breach of our right to privacy. I find that my dues are being used to promote standards that at least for young students and possibly older students that are developmentally inappropriate which denigrates students natural growth patterns. I do not trust your survey as it denies what I see and hear on a daily basis. I too call for a change in the leadership of our union.

  • BillEA

    I’ve been a lifelong member of NEA (18 years and counting). That will change next year if you do not start truly representing your membership. Where are all these CCSS supporters you brag of? I’ve read 40+ comments on this article and not one favorable. NEA will have to rely solely on Gates Foundation lucre once membership plummets. Mark my words, we WILL abandon you in droves.

  • Jolie

    Contrary to the myth published here, the CCSS were NOT developed with meanngful teacher input! And while some of the standards may be good in theory, the reality is that it has led to MORE skill and drill class work and more standardized testing, not less. Thanks for selling out to Gates, NEA leaders.

  • Jolie

    That should have read “meaningful” in my comment above. Sorry…typing on my phone.

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  • Abby vaile

    Today at a professional day my state organizationOEA led us in the discussion of why we need to fight against Michelle Rhee, the Koch Brothers and ALEC because of their paying off politicians to lead them to endorse their “deform”strategies. I did not however hear a word at how the federal government used threats of pulling money from states if CC wasn’t adopted. CC was formulated by two trade organizations-not education experts-namely teachers, administrators and professional educators from pre-school to college. I am a FR that has had it with the NEA. How can you endorse the uber costly CC?!!!!! Someone’s going to reap much from this fiasco, but it will not be our children!!!

  • Sheila stark

    What could I possibly add to the many comments of my union brothers and sisters? I am ashamed of neA and aghast that this article was published with all of these lies. We pay our dues so that we may protect ourselves and PUBLIC EDUCATION. NEA appears to have sold out. You wonder why membership is down? This is a huge reason! Not to be crude, but this union needs cojones.

  • Katie

    I too am saddened and disgusted by NEA. I have been a member since 1989 but this may be my last. I am a strong believer in the value of our union, however I am dumbfounded by the fact that today they have become cheerleaders for the very mechanism that is intended to destroy us and our cherished public schools. You’ve been duped, NEA. Gates knew your support of CC$$ would weaken the membership – which is exactly what the corporate deformers want! You ate the dang apple, the forbidden fruit. You took Gates money and now their dreams are coming to fruition. Shame on you.

  • Mike Archer

    CCSS

    I am a nationally certified teacher from Florida (now retired) asked to come to Washington to help finalize the common core standards. I supported them at the time but after study I changed my mind. Here’s why. The standards:
    1. Perpetuate the overuse / misuse of high-stakes testing.

    2. Will divert funds away from real needs such as computers, science labs, classroom talent, job training, and college-prep electives.

    3. Impose developmentally inappropriate levels of regimentation upon our youngest students, and inflexible expectations upon special ed students and English language learners.

    4. Come with an outrageous theft of personal, private student information that should remain family business but will be given to corporations.

    The theory of disaster capitalism fits here. Education budgets are a target for corporations. They create fake data to claim a crisis exists, then use politicians to sell it and rubber-stamp the “solution” – new laws which transfers that public education money into corporate hands. The education reformers are divided into two groups – the profiteering elites who see students as revenue, and the sad, often well-meaning dupes who obediently play their roles in the scam.

  • Kman Ivan

    The NEA cares little about its memebership.It’s all about the $$$,how long do you think the SAT board president and creator of the ROTTEN CORE actually taught…His name is Coleman…and CHECK THIS OUT!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Coleman_(consultant)

  • Kman Ivan

    You should then know the creator of the ROTTEN CORE is a founding member of this little gem with Ms. Rhee:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StudentsFirst

    And this is what our union supports!

  • David R Mawson

    I am an NEA member and building delegate for my urban high school and I do no support the Common Core. But I am more upset that the NEA is enabling corporate special interests to not only drive but shape public policy. This is the responsibility of local education boards working in concert with taxpayers and parents. Those are the people to whom public school teachers should be responsible.

  • Linda

    NEA gets my dues, but it does NOT represent me when it comes to CC. Where is the link to the actual survey that you repeatedly claim shows that 75% of us support CC? How much tainted money has the NEA accepted from the Gates Foundation? Common Core is developmentally inappropriate and is intractably connected to the over testing of our children. I suggest you dedicate the next issue of NEAToday to the rebuttals against CC. You will not need to look hard for contributors. #badassteacherA

  • Janet

    I cannot believe that this is happening. I cannot believe that the unions that are supposed to be supporting us are telling lies. I am an AFT member. Guess what? I was never polled about the Common Core. I do not know a teacher who supports it. Our big worry has become how to choose the right “data driven” goals so that we look like we are improving. We certainly do not want to choose a goal or a subset of students that might be too challenging–we will be evaluated on it! People who have never taught are making the rules. BIG MONEY has bought out are unions. Where are we to turn?

  • Jackie

    I am a member of NEA/TSTA, and I strongly oppose common core. I feel as if NEA has betrayed us. Under no circumstances should NEA be accepting money from any group with an agenda that is anti-teacher and pro TFA..

  • Jamie Bowsher

    I am a card carrying dues paying member of NEA and I disagree wholeheartedly with this article. I especially take issue with #3. My special education students are not benefiting from CCSS. Their alternate assessments are based on grade level standards that they are not even close to achieving! ( Hence, the need for them to have IEPs!) I have a student who has severe CP, is blind, cannot walk, talk, feed herself, or use a toilet, who was expected to identify carbon dioxide as a compound on her AA! This is educational malpractice! IEPs are INDIVIDUAL, not COMMON! This way of thinking is a disservice to my students, and is making them feel even more anxious about school! Add to this that 50% of my evaluation is based on my student test scores! The CCSS was not designed for this purpose, yet that is how they are being utilized! It is maddening that my union supports this!

  • Sharyle Burwell

    Most Teachers??? How many did you survey? Were the questions leading questions? I have been an NEA member for 30+ years and no one bothered to ask my opinion! What about the ramifications of CC based testing? Please tell ME how I feel about that! I am VERY DISAPPOINTED in an organization that seems to have sold out its members!

  • Melissa

    I am an NEA member and it sickens me that this organization is supporting the Common Core. Are there elements that could be useful? Yes. Will the standards be implemented in a way that fully utilizes those elements? Nope. We’re already seeing it in NY in the way that materials are being created, lessons are being scripted, and the ridiculous amounts of money spent on these tests/test prep, etc. Shame on the NEA!!

  • Melissa Smearer

    1. I am an NEA member that does NOT support the Common core!
    2. the standards are dictating how we teach. There are programs such as EngageNY that have been designed so that teachers all have to teach the same thing on the same day, regardless of the learning levels of their students. then the students are being tested on this material.
    3. The standards are not designed to help all students. what about the student that has the creativity to pursue art? Music? there is no more room for these interests with these standards. Creativity should not be standardized.
    4. I have not seen anyone refer to there being literature in the standards. I have only been informed of informational texts being included.
    5. School climate and interdisciplinary planning would be better to create cross curricular learning.
    6. these assessments are doing nothing but adding to the stress and despair of our students and teachers.
    7. Implementation should not be a work in progress. these standards and their implementation should have been thoroughly planned and tested before subjecting our students to this process.
    8. Teacher leadership is essential. many teachers are leading the charge against the implementation of these standards. NEA should listen to them.
    9. Parents are key partners. they need to be informed about exactly what these standards are doing to their children. those parents that are already taking a stand against it need to be listened to.
    10. I don’t trust resources that are designed to help us with the implementation of the Common Core when the corporate players of educational reform are being exposed as people that have no interest in our students except as future profit for themselves.

  • Dana

    Is this The Onion?

    I’m an NEA member and was never asked about the common core. In fact, I have yet to meet any NEA member who agrees with or supports common core. Actually I haven’t heard a single teacher to date voive approval of common core. Where is NEA getting their info and who are they interviewing. A lot of us dues paying members would love to know.

    Designed to help all students? Hmm. Well I guess that’s true since reformers ignore childten with special needs, ELL’s and children in high poverty areas.

    I cannot believe that the NEA has sold out the very people who they say they represent. Time to cancel my membership.

  • Melissa Smearer

    Point by point rebuttal..1. I am an NEA member that does NOT support the Common core!
    2. the standards are dictating how we teach. There are programs such as EngageNY that have been designed so that teachers all have to teach the same thing on the same day, regardless of the learning levels of their students. then the students are being tested on this material.
    3. The standards are not designed to help all students. what about the student that has the creativity to pursue art? Music? there is no more room for these interests with these standards. Creativity should not be standardized.
    4. I have not seen anyone refer to there being literature in the standards. I have only been informed of informational texts being included.
    5. School climate and interdisciplinary planning would be better to create cross curricular learning.
    6. these assessments are doing nothing but adding to the stress and despair of our students and teachers.
    7. Implementation should not be a work in progress. these standards and their implementation should have been thoroughly planned and tested before subjecting our students to this process.
    8. Teacher leadership is essential. many teachers are leading the charge against the implementation of these standards. NEA should listen to them.
    9. Parents are key partners. they need to be informed about exactly what these standards are doing to their children. those parents that are already taking a stand against it need to be listened to.
    10. I don’t trust resources that are designed to help us with the implementation of the Common Core when the corporate players of educational reform are being exposed as people that have no interest in our students except as future profit for themselves

  • Vincent Gutierrez

    I am also an NEA member and don’t recall ever being invited to participate in any sort of survey or poll about Common Core. I am also an ELD teacher, and I can guarantee you that Common Core does not benefit my students. They will, once again, be tested for their knowledge in a language they can barely speak, read, and write. I will not be allowed to translate or answer any questions unless I want to compromise the validity of the test. They will be classified, labeled, and ultimately demoralized when they get their results. And I will once again spend the rest of the year trying to motivate them and encouraging their growth, which is never truly measured. No, Common Core and the supplemental materials (adapted versions of the original text with less words, bigger font, huge pictures, highlighted vocabulary, and “kid-friendly” speak) is not going to benefit them because they will still be tested with the same readings and judged with the same “rigor”.

  • Judith Strollo

    I have been a member of the NEA for 36 years and feel I have been sold out by the recent embrace of the Common Core. The standards do not take into consideration neurological readiness of young children and are totally age inappropriate for the younger grades. The movement also leaves special needs children out of the mix.. IEP’s are being pushed aside even though they are the legal documents. I would venture to guess, that in the future, there will be class action suits as school districts are in violation of IDEA.

  • James DeYoung

    I am another NEA member who is disappointed in and angry with our leadership. I do not support the CCSS. The new standards force developmentally inappropriate content to early grades, continue the problem of the mile wide inch deep math curriculum, are resulting in even more testing, and so many other problems. These standards are being pushed down or throats by special interests who stand to make millions. They are supported by many whose real aim in school reform is to devise ways to make public schools look bad to continue the privatization that is under way.

  • Tracy Pryor

    I am an NEA member, have been for 23 years. This article is OUTRAGEOUS!

    “But schools are forging ahead with the initiative—even as it faces opponents who are determined to mislabel the effort as everything from “Obamacore” to a “national curriculum.” The Common Core is a set of voluntary K–12 standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The White House did not create the initiative, nor is it leading it. The standards were developed by governors and state school officials, with input from a wide range of educators, content experts, national organizations (including NEA), and community groups.”
    —I CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT NEA IS STATING THIS!!!

    How much $$$$$$$ did Gates give NEA to write this garbage???

    I DO NOT support the CC$$. I know many teachers, and none of them support the CC$$. Can you please publish the entire survey you are referencing so that we can all see the questions and number of members who answered each question.

  • John Hallowitz

    One of the most damning things I can say about Kommon Kore is: I am a teacher with twenty five years experience in secondary school and nobody asked me or any of my colleagues. One of the best things I can say about Common Corpse is it did do away with CST. Yeah!! So NEA where are the comments supporting this article and the common core. I could’t find any. That’s a very silent 75%. Put it another way, anything that 25% of teachers damn has got to be questionable at best.

  • Sarah Ross

    Strange I am a NEA member and I’ve never been polled on my feelings regarding CCSS. In fact I have not met any teachers who have been asked their feelings. I suspect that they are actively seeking the few rare teachers who agree with CCSS to take these polls. Not a single teacher in my building are pro CCSS. In fact I live in Alaska and our state has not adopted CCSS because our teachers are so heartily against it. Here the teachers form committees to form our standards. Imagine that, teachers dictating what students should be learning. It makes for a much less stressful career and a much better educational system for students to be in. Being in special education I am particularly against the third point of this article. If we were in CCSS my students would be expected to know things there is no way they would be able to learn right now. I work with intensive students. Neither can read or write or speak. One has just learned to walk independently the other has just learned the alphabet. I consider learning those skills, while basic for other students, to be huge successes for these students. (Hence the need for IEPs) If they were to be tested at grade level as the alternative assessments in CCSS are, they would fail miserably. I strive to set my students up for success, not to fail. The fact that evaluations of teachers are tied to the students’ test scores, CCSS becomes dangerous for teachers. CCSS may have been good in concept, but it is being used for a purpose it was not designed and the implementation was not properly planned out. It is a sad day when NEA no longer is supporting the voices of our teacher, its members.

  • Liz Brown

    I am a teacher with 33 years experience, and I do support the CCSS. I didn’t respond to any NEA question either, but in all honesty I don’t know for sure that I was ever asked as I don’t usually take the time to read the emails nor snail mail that arrives. I teach in Washington, and we’ve had rigorous state standards for more than a decade. It has lead us to having the highest SAT scores in the nation in recent years. I’m glad to know that kids are have little to no chance in being placed in a classroom/school that simply babysits day in and day out.
    The CCSS as a curriculum is a set of skills kids should be able to do at each grade level. How and when they are taught is left up to districts/schools/teachers. If as a teacher, you feel your hands are tied, blame your administration, not the Common Core.

  • Margaret Bandy

    I am an NEA member and would be interested in seeing the poll that says 75% of members support CC. I do not believe that 75% of NEA member teachers support CC. While some of the high school standards are acceptable, the new PARCC test and the millions that will be spent on these standardized tests are not in any way acceptable. NEA should be supporting teachers in their desire to provide an education that will raise the next generation of artists, civic leaders and scientists. Instead, you are supporting the people who want to destroy public schools as they turn students into adults who can take a standardized test but do not have a well rounded education that includes more than the basics of math and English.

  • Eileen McElroy

    I am a special education teacher for 25 years and I feel our unions and leadership sold us out. CC standards do not allow for differentiation so that ALL students may learn. They do not consider developmental readiness. I am saddened and horrified to watch pre-teens “check -out” day by day. I pray that this all implodes on itself as it should, since there will be no financing for these initiatives in a few years.

  • Brenda Schaefer

    I am an NEA member and a member of BATs (Badass Teacher’s Association). Teachers have never been asked if they support Common Core so reporting that most do is irresponsible at best because no actual survey has been done.

  • Janis Swanson

    Sorry NEA, I do not like where you are headed with supporting CCSS. When I see EXXON advertisements endorsing the Common Core I start to ask “why” and find exactly what I was suspecting that big business is pulling the strings on education. A little education is a dangerous thing.

  • http://fourthgenerationteacher.blogspot.com/2012/09/self-inflicted-woundteachers-we-have.html Claudia Swisher

    And, remind me again…How much money DID Bill Gates ‘invest’ in NEA? You should be supporting teachers, not the Billionaire Boys’ Club efforts to own public education.

  • Marla Kilfoyle

    NEA may know 10 things that teachers say about Common Corpse. I know one thing that 30,500 BATs are saying about this! We say no more to Common Core! Stop pushing this and get on board to support your teachers. Give Gates his money back!

  • Juan Rivera

    If there are going to be national standards educators need to be central to that process and it needs to be democratic process. You need to step back from this pile of foo. Parents in NY are waking up to this nonsense.

  • Michael Ringle

    NEA member here, I don’t support the Common Core. Where’d you get these numbers? Strongly reconsidering my membership given the fact that my state NEA president in Michigan speaks up for the Common Core all the time. Time for a change!

  • Shannon Smith

    Most teachers do not support Common Core. Start listening to your members.

  • Debra

    Are you reading the comments to this one article??? Where are the teachers who you SAY support CC$$?? NEA had better wake up and listen to what their members are saying or they will have few members left! Teachers DO NOT support the CC$$ so stop drinking Bill Gate’s intoxicating kool aid! Once you take $ from Gates, you become part of the ed reform problem. NEA has sold out for $, how much $ will you lose as membership shrinks. If we can not cunt on NEA to fight for teachers then why join?? I have been a member for 35 years and this is the first time I would tell new teachers to walk away from NEA!

  • Brenda Guy

    I am a member of ISTA and NEA. Where did the statement that “most NEA members support common core” come from? If you ask the teachers I know, I don’t believe that would be the answer. I am a union supporter and want to continue to be a union supporter, but I’m not sure this proves to me that the NEA is in tune with its members! ^0^ BATS are watching … (30,000+)

  • Julie Smith

    I know of NO ONE who was polled anywhere about this. We don’t need more goofy standards. If you compare the number of days our students attend school in the USA versus SIngapore or Taiwan or many other countries it shakes out thus: USA : around 180 school days per year. Taiwan: 280 days per year (they are in school Monday – Saturday, 7:00am – 4:00pm). SIngapore: 278 days per year and so on. Keep in mind that not all children attend school in many of these societies/ countries either. It is only for those whose parents can afford school. Our students have the advantage of a great deal more PLAY time. Play is VERY valuable. Hence the great creativity of our country.
    This spin that our schools are failing is rubbish and I too am so sorry our union has sold us out.

  • Stephanie

    You do not represent me any more if you truly believe what you say. YOU ARE SHAMEFUL. I am sure you will find someway to spin the comments of your members to be a “small but vocal group”. That gets old. WE ARE HERE AND WE ARE ANGRY. YOU LIE NEA. Stop it.

  • Mike Hastings

    NEA President Van Roekel warns “Common Core …. if it is implemented correctly.” In my 38 years of teaching I have NEVER seen public policies,such as PL 94-142, the Rehab Act, ESEA (No Child Left Behind), “correctly implemented”. These grand designs have ALWAYS disappointed all of their stakeholders. State and local policy makers and administrators always fight against the noble ideals of these policies. Noble ideals take an enormous and sustained effort to reach an effective threshold. Public School administrators and school boards guide their decisions by the mantra “When is my next contract or when is the next election.” This short sighted, small minded, self-serving thinking has been and continues to thwart, the correct implementation of worthy policy directions.

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  • Liz

    Out of all the teachers I know, I can count on one hand the ones who are not in favor of Common Core. Myself included, the vast majority are in great favor of these standards.

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  • Jennifer G.

    Common Core cripples our teachers’ ability to be innovative and creative in the classrooms! This article is a load of crap. An expensive load of crap to be sure.

    It saddens me to see all the teachers who are speaking out and who are saying that they have been sold out. What are we as a nation doing to our great teachers? What will be left when all those wonderful educators cannot in good conscience continue down this educational malpractice path? We will be left with those who do not care about kids at all. That is a scary thought.

  • BuckeyeTeacher

    I am saddened to read that NEA is ignoring its dues paying members. I am yet another who was not asked how I feel about CC. I despise it! I fully understand that you have been paid for this endorsement of CC. What I don’t understand: Is it worth it? You are alienating your members and selling them out! For how much Gates money? Is it more than we are paying in dues?

  • David Zeeman

    I’m wondering if it’s time to dump the NEA? They seem to have sold us out.

  • Joseph

    As a NEA Local President I can assure you that the general membership is not in favor of the Common Core. I speak to many other locals and they are hearing the same things from their members. I am embarrassed in the NEA and hope we can recover before it’s too late. We are paying the salaries of our leaders and these leaders do not have lifetime appointments.

  • Steve Carrigg

    I do not support the common core. The NEA has never asked my opinion of the common core. I am dues paying member and no one asked me anything during any phase of its development. Has the NEA received payments from any foundation to promote and support the common core because the support is not coming from NEA member teachers.

  • OC

    Is it any coincidence that the NEA $4M from the Gates Foundation, coincidentally timed to promote Common Core? Read more about it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mercedes-schneider/gates-money-and-common-co_b_3853438.html

  • Hollie

    I’d be interested to see how the NEA would address the following concerns.

    WHO DEVELOPED COMMON CORE – The Common Core standards were created by two Washington, D.C. trade based organizations – the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). They worked with a progressive non-profit organization, Achieve, Inc. to develop the standards. Common Core is copyrighted and cannot be altered by anyone other than the owners of the copyright. – How much power do you think local school boards, teachers, and parents will have in altering standards?

    POOR ELA STANDARDS – Dr. Sandra Stotsky, the 21st Century Chair in Teacher Quality at the University of Arkansas, was a member of the Common Core Validation Committee and refused to sign off on the standards. She said, “The major problem is the 50/50 division of reading instruction from K-12 – 10 standards for informational text and nine for literature – meaning that literary study is reduced and the opportunity for kids to develop critical thinking skills is reduced.” She also said, “They [the existing standards] need to be drastically revised, and written by people who have taught in K-12, know how to write ELA standards, and/or are literary scholars or well-trained high-school English teachers,” she explained, adding that the standards should be “rejected.”

    POOR MATH STANDARDS – Dr. James Milgram, the only mathematician on the CC Validation Committee refused to sign off on the standards because of their poor quality. “The Core Mathematics Standards are written to reflect very low expectations,” he said, calling them “as non-challenging as possible” with “extremely serious failings.” In a letter outlining his concerns, Dr. Milgram even pointed to “actual errors” in 6th & 7th grade discussions about ratios and rates – “they are neither mathematically correct nor especially clear.” He went on to say, “It’s almost a joke to think students [who master the common standards] would be ready for math at a university.”

    STANDARDS ARE DEVELOPMENTALLY INAPPROPRIATE – Joint Statement of Early Childhood Health & Education Professionals on the Common Core Standards Initiative said the following “WE HAVE GRAVE CONCERNS about the core standards for young children…. The proposed standards conflict with compelling new research in cognitive science, neuroscience, child development, and early childhood education about how young children learn, what they need to learn, and how best to teach them in kindergarten and the early grades….” Watch Dr. Megan Koschnick discuss Common Core here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrQbJlmVJZo&feature=player_embedded

    TESTING PROBLEMS – According to a letter signed by approx. 50 NY Principals:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/05/23/ny-principals-why-new-common-core-tests-failed/?print=1
    “…the testing sessions—two weeks of three consecutive days of 90-minute (and longer for some) periods—were unnecessarily long, requiring more stamina for a 10-year-old special education student than of a high school student taking an SAT exam. Yet, for some sections of the exams, the time was insufficient for the length of the test. When groups of parents, teachers and principals recently shared students’ experiences in their schools, especially during the ELA exams with misjudged timing expectations, we learned that frustration, despondency, and even crying were common reactions among students. The extremes were unprecedented: vomiting, nosebleeds, suicidal ideation, and even hospitalization.”

    “…or several multiple choice questions the distinction between the right answer and the next best right answer was paltry at best. The fact that teachers report disagreeing about which multiple-choice answer is correct in several places on the ELA exams indicates that this format is unfair to students. Further, the directions for at least one of the English Language Arts sessions were confusing and tended to misdirect students’ energies from the more authentic writing sections. The math tests contained 68 multiple-choice problems often repeatedly assessing the same skills. The language of these math questions was often unnecessarily confusing. These questions should not be assessing our students’ ability to decipher convoluted language. Instead, they should be assessing deep understanding of core concepts.”

  • Alan

    Perhaps the most discouraging thing about NEA leadership’s embrace of CCSS is that it implicitly accepts the notion that US teachers are somehow lost and bumbling through their classrooms, in desperate need of some national curriculum to give them guidance and direction. Thanks so much, Dennis van Roekel, for standing up for all of us teacher whom you supposedly represent.

    No, our professional judgment is just not enough. Look– NEA even found Sue Yokum to agree that she needed CCSS to have a really good year, because, apparently, in 39 years she didn’t learn her job well enough on her own.

    If our national union thinks we’re all in need of outside help, I don’t know where we’re supposed to turn to hear that we’re actually capable professionals whose professional experience, training and judgment actually mean something. If our union leadership has sold out to the forces of corporate strip-mining of public education, I don’t know where we can turn for support.

  • Jennifer

    I have been an NEA member for 13 years and no one bothered to ask my opinion! I’d love to know how NEA members were chosen to be surveyed.

  • Robin

    What can we do to stop this sneaky government take over of education.
    I am afraid of the fact that none of it is developementally appropriate for young children or older children.
    The scary part is there will be robots walking around who can take some mindless test but can’t think.
    Our society seems doomed.

  • Liz
  • Nikki

    Please do us all a favor here in LOUISIANA and look up the word rigorous in the dictionary. I for one do not think that school that is rigorous ( difficult to endure due to extreme conditions) is good for any child. I do think that school work that is challenging however is GREAT for children. Our BESE BOARD HERE IN LOUISIANA , JOHN WHITE and our GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL are accurate ( for once) in their description of common core. They have all used the word RIGOROUS to describe common core every chance they can… If people are not even bothering to look up their catch word “rigorous” I can understand how they have been able to sneak into our education system. PARENTS we are making JOHN WHITE ( who was appointed by our GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL) uncomfortable. The parents at Mandeville high had a surprise for him whenever he tried to sneak into MANDEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL on OCTOBER 17th. Parents along skipper drive had lined their yards with signs AGAINST COMMON CORE AND JOHN WHITE. Apparently JOHN WHITE DID NOT LIKE HIS SURPRISE (some people just can not handle the truth).THE ADVOCATE (a local newspaper?) called the establishment that printed up the signs to inquire about the laws regarding having signs in yards and subdivisions… We no longer live in a free country. We haven’t for quite some time. Think you do live in a free country? Go to your Facebook page and post something that isn’t very nice about our president…let us see how long it takes for the powers that be to show up at your home and “detain” you. What they are doing with the COMMON CORE INITIATIVE is abuse on so many levels.

  • Mike M

    I am furious with the leadership of the NEA to imply that most teachers are in favor of the common core. Just because there is no “groundswell” of opposition doesn’t translate to acceptance. How many teachers have the time or resources to organize in opposition?
    You are also being disingenuous when you state that the adoption of the standards was voluntary – strictly speaking, that is true, but the real story is that failure to go along with the CCSS would result in a loss of federal funding. Education should be locally-based – let those in the community decide what works for them. Now, not only are we being dictated to by the Department of Education in Washington, we are also forced to accept dictates from people like Bill Gates, who has never even been a teacher. If I didn’t laugh, i’d cry.

  • Rachel Dobbs

    Maybe it’s time to do a do-over poll. 75% approve? You must not have asked a single person that I know, since I do not know a SINGLE person who doesn’t think it it filled with serious flaws. The federal government most certainly did get these “state” standards put into place by bribing cash-strapped states to participate. I am a teacher and parent, and I am NOT pro-Common Core.

  • Adam Levine

    I do not support the common core nor Dennis’ statement about ending step increases. Stop selling us out.

  • Poetic Justice

    Just because NEA keeps saying teachers support Common Core does not make it the truth.

  • Susan

    This is a positively delusional puff piece so divorced from the reality of actual experience as to be from another planet, the planet where “the bar is being raised.” No teacher I know is remotely happy with what is going on in schools. They speak of work now as a prison sentence, and perhaps that was a goal. The students are defeated and certainly not encouraged to think critically. It’s all about tests, tests, and more tests, designed to fail young children. Sickening that NEA is promoting what they must know to be wrong. Certainly if they listened to teachers, they would know.

  • Jp

    For the record. I am a nea memeber. I am not for common core. Common core is not voluntary if the students achievement on common core based tests counts for 25% of my evaluation. Mind you common core is ila and math. I wish people would realize there are other content areas that need to be emphasized. Mind you emphasized does not equate to tested. Common core is a testing machine. Yes assessment is an important part of the learning cycle but it shouldn’t be the emphasis.

  • Carol Widder

    I am a recently retired special education teacher. I DO NOT support Common Core and I have been a lifetime member of NEA. I have a hard time believing that 75% of our members support it.

    Carol Widder
    Fayetteville, AR

  • Neil Meharg

    NEA/AFT both sold the teachers and students out by taking money from The Gates Foundation. I suggest all members quit until they change their position as you cannot support public school teachers and support Common Core at the same time. Shame on the unions. I was a member of the Union for 26 years until I found out they sold us out.

  • MHar

    I am a teacher. I do NOT support Common Core. I wonder who you are referring to when our Dear Leader is quoted: “Educators desperately want to reclaim the joy in teaching—which means creative lesson plans, meaningful exploration of topics, and inspiring the joy of real learning in our students…” There is no joy associated with CC$$ and it’s marriage to whopping amounts of testing, testing, testing…………..For MANY of us under assault, both literally and figuratively, it feels like our union has left us. Perhaps, it is time for a new paradigm…………..BAT ^o^

  • Chad

    Common Core is just another education program gone bad. We as educators are much better off with less influence from outside of the education world. Bill Gates, Koch brothers, etc are not helping us out. We need teachers and students to be the focal point of education. Sadly, I am not sure how that happens with current state of education.

  • Maria Glass

    As an NEA member, I am so appalled by your endorsement of CCSS that I am seriously considering rescinding my membership! What educators participated in their creation? If any did, they might have skipped the lesson on Piaget’s theory, and probably dismissed the research of cognitive devdevelopment. And by content experts, do you mean school profiteers like Pearson. High stake testing controlled by for profit companies like them are killing the joy of teaching. You should be ashamed. Whose side are you on?

  • Mary Snider

    Where did NEA get that most teachers support Common Core? I am not aware of any teachers who do in my area. Maybe you should do a real survey of the entire membership and find out for fact. Many are not aware how developmentally inappropriate they are. Many don’t realize who worry them, or who backs them. Why not inform us of these facts?

  • http://Twitter.com/L_Graykin L. Graykin

    NEA, your lack of response to these overwhelming negative comments is telling. You took nearly $4 million of Gates Foundation money for the specific purpose to promote the CCNS in spite of your responsibility to your dues-paying members. Honestly, if the AFT hadn’t also shaken hands with the corporate devil, I would be working to transfer our school to their union. As it is, all I can do is hope your leadership wakes up, acknowledges the huge misstep they’ve made, and does a 180 on CCNS. And fight your stance on this issue every step of the way…. If hu want reasons to recant your support, please visit my wiki at commoncorecriticisms.wikispaces.com – Signed, a pro-union BAT in NH.

  • MsSing

    “But there is no massive groundswell of opposition to the Common Core among NEA members.” I would suggest the one of the reasons you are not seeing this groundswell is because many of us have dropped our NEA membership because of your support of CCSS.

    I would also like to know which members were surveyed? I am still looking for an NEA member who supports CCSS.

  • TCliff

    I know of no teachers that are saying, “wow, what a useful thing Common Core is”, or “I especially love all the testing that comes with it” or….you get the idea. Just because you keep saying teachers are for it, won’t make them for it. You have just betrayed them all, and they will remember this for a long time.

  • TCliff

    ^o^ ^o^ ^o^ ^o^ ^o^ ^o^ Do you feel the swarm yet?!

  • Margie Adkins, NBCT

    How can NEA say that most of it’s members support CCSS? They never asked us. They just endorsed it. The CCSS are not age appropriate. They are just another corporate reform ploy to destroy public education as we know it. We need to get back to trusting in the professionalism of teachers and stop trying to turn us all into mindless robots who do the same thing at the same time in the same way.

  • The Quahog

    The NEA needs to put its ear to the ground and start listening to its membership….a majority of us do not support the CCSS, nor do we support any further top-down mandates that are aiding in the destruction of public education and our democracy! We are professionals, we know how to do our job, we know how to teach children…let us TEACH!

  • http://www.mboro-international-folkfest.org steve cates

    You have lost your credibility TOTALLY with this article. I learned this summer how much NEA spends for “salaries” and “expenses” of its officers and ex. committee. You are no better than other big corporations, including those behind CC, who ,through their political influence, are making money by getting politicians and organizations like you to promote CC. SHAMe!!

  • Catherine Hesler

    It is clear that you have neither fact checked nor previewed the audience before publishing this. It appears that you may have drunk the “big money” Kool-Aid. Possibly the majority of those that responded to your Poll approve of Common Core Standards; the reality is, most teachers ‘boots on the ground’ are aware that this is a disservice to children, the importance of educating the ‘Whole Child’, especially low socio-economic children. Our taxes are going to be funneled to private corporations to profit on work that we do with children already, lovingly, carefully, and for reduced pay every year for the last five plus years, with barely a cost of living increase. Now I am expected to implement these reforms as if I don’t already know what I am doing AND pay property taxes to have it steered away from my students and into some corporation’s pocket? Not if I can help it!

  • Abby Fry

    No one surveyed me, and I’ve belonged to NEA for over 20 years. Of course, the initial concept was fine. A high school diploma from each state should reflect the same common background; however, the testing to back CC is out of control. We’ve allowed politics and private enterprise to take over, and the whole CC needs to be tossed.

  • Chris Taggart

    What is the NEA gaining by pushing the common core? Who asked teachers if they support the common core? Where was that survey? We cannot continue to give union money to people who vote against our interests…after all we’re not Republicans. If the NEA is so out of touch with its members it will loose support…unions need to return to their activist roots and stop taking the scraps from the table of our so called friends.

  • MJ Bookwalter

    I am a teacher and did not vote in support of common core.

  • Rick Ayers

    i don’t know how many of you are also members of NCTE but i responded to their survey request re common core. it was really odd that they never asked teachers for their professional evaluation of CC and its benefits and drawbacks. it was all just, “how are you implementing.” have all the professional organizations surrendered their responsibility to evaluate pedagogy??

  • http://aol Roger Fierst

    The NEA must re-evaluate its position in support of the Common Core. The testing abuse alone should be reason to stop the support. The tests will be used to describe schools as failing and subject to privatization. The testing company, Pearson, will rake in more money which they will use to contribute to candidates who will support vouchers and charter schools.
    It is about the money. There is no mission to help students. The regular classroom teacher as at risk of losing their job when everyone should know that it is parental income that will determine success.
    Stop the Common Core. Support classroom teachers.

  • Louisiana Purchase

    My school has just learned that the end of year Common Core Language Arts test will be 250 minutes. That’s longer than the SAT or any Advanced Placement test, and yet 7th graders will be taking it. It will require document analysis and two argumentative essays, besides a multiple choice section. That is child abuse, and it’s the CCSS that is to blame. Shame on NEA’s support of this.

  • Megan Bonafede

    As a educator, I am shocked that you report such a high percentage of support for Common Core. Based upon your findings, at least 53 of the teachers in my building should be cheerfully supporting this secretive, money-sapping, child-damaging corporate takeover. Educators who are actually in our schools and classrooms are horrified at the prospects of what our students, especially those of poverty, will now face. Ratcheting up academic demands and encouraging rampant testing will never serve their needs or enhance their success. This ill-conceived mess will destroy what little confidence they have. You have no right to insinuate that any caring educator would ever agree to such a thing. You offer nothing but pure propaganda. ^o^

  • Carol

    I am ashamed to be a card holder right now. I DO NOT AND WILL NOT SUPPORT THESE CCSS because they are bullshit (Yes, the teacher said bullshit) I teach 8th grade intensive reading/literature (AKA Reading III) and I am just about sick and tired of setting my babies up for failure. It breaks my heart to watch my students with IEP’s, ESOL, and those who just struggle with reading look at me with defeat in their eyes after an assessment. It breaks my heart when I have to make a student who is on a 3rd grade reading level take an 8th grade reading level test. It breaks my heart to watch the love of reading go out the door because someone up higher (who obviously doesn’t teach or hasn’t in a long time)believes we need to cram “information text” down their throats. It breaks my heart to know that most students are learning to hate school because all the socializing/creativity has been replaced with all academics.It breaks my heart to see my Senior in high school becoming frustrated with school, she has been a straight A student her entire school career, scored an 1150 on her SAT in the 7th grade, and scored a 1570 when she took it last year, and then she takes one test and they tell her she is not college ready…are you kidding me? It took a week to get her to calm down. Its the same for my students who are struggling to make it through school because they CANNOT read at the level we are asking them to. I have to talk them down off the ledge of dropping out almost daily. This whole thing is about money and I am sorry but dammit I dont get paid enough for you, NEA to keep taking money from me only to stab me in the back…wait a minute that goes for all the teachers out there…we barely make ends meet and you take your portion of our monies and then you stab us in the back…I am going to say it again…this is BULLSHIT…and I am happy to see so many of us calling you out on your shit.

  • Tracie

    So nice to hear all these NEA members not supporting CC. I am not a union member, but am a teacher and do not support CC. As a matter of fact, I fight it loud and clear. NEA, it’s time to start standing for the kids, not your pockets.

  • GoldenGirl

    Seriously? I have yet to meet a single educator who likes CC$$. I live in worksheet hell because I do not have a textbook aligned to CC$$ even though Pear$on is part of this nightmare….you would think they would be handing them out! The day I quit teaching will be one of the happiest days of my life!

  • Sharyle Burwell

    I do NOT support CC! Why is the NEA jumping on the corporate deformers bandwagon instead of listening to its members?

  • Sharyle Burwell

    I will NOT be an NEA member after this year! I will not be part of an organization that does NOT listen to its members! ^0^

  • John Cain

    I am a 14 year veteran in NY. Common Core and the testing, invasive mandated curriculum, and absolute neglect of child development is frustrating. Take your 100 best ELA teachers in NY and your 100 best Math teachers in NY and send them to Albany and they will create the best curriculum NY could ask for, and save the state millions. Instead we create a set of standards without ANY input from any teacher, anywhere. Ia m a NEA member and I DO NOT SUPPORT COMMON CORE, not when the NEA asks, not when the AFT asks, and not when NYSUT asks. Give Gates back his money and stand up for your membership!

  • NYC Teacher

    DUMP COMMON CORE. PERIOD.

  • Tanya

    “…there is no massive groundswell of opposition to the Common Core among NEA members.”
    Really, NEA? Check out the comments after this article. I am afraid that you are out of touch with the membership.

  • Matt Jungblut

    NEA/AFT both sold the teachers and students out by taking money from The Gates Foundation. I DO NOT SUPPORT CC.

  • Fred Collins

    Don’t like the CC. Don’t like SBAC or anything else with the word “consortium”. Don’t like NEA telling us how it’s going to be.

  • http://www.investigatemagazine.co.nz Ian Wishart

    New Zealand is four years ahead on introduction of Common Core – known as NCEA in NZ.

    I have a new book exposing Common Core agenda…and some exam papers are classics of their genre:
    http://www.investigatemagazine.co.nz/Investigate/4636/common-core-indoctrination-of-children-surfaces-in-nz/

    Book preview is here

  • Lisa Bourgeois

    My honors kids do not find it more rigorous. And I spend hours developing a flawed curriculum. I am a teacher and do not support CC.

  • Carly Finn

    I am an early childhood educator; and the mom of a kindergartner. I can not understand how it can be claimed that common core standards are giving children from economically disadvantaged areas a chance to be more successful. I’ve experienced the opposite. I’ve been offered zero information about the new standards that my child is required to me meet and NO resources have been offered to me or to him. He brings home the homework and takes the tests all without any more feedback than a star for correct answer and slash mark for incorrect. I’ve talked to many parents in my area who don’t even know that there has been such a drastic change in their child’s curriculum. I’ve talked to many parents who are sad and confused about why their children who were once happy and excited about coming to class are now anxious and sad; trying avoid having to go at all costs. I have not heard of one single family that has been offered even an explanation, let alone actual help.

  • Sarah

    I am a teacher. I do NOT support Common Core. Never have, never will.

  • Dav

    Ashamed to say I am a member of NEA. For an organization which is supposed to represent teachers they sure have sold out. So much in our country is centered around the mighty dollar it us sad to see a teachers union follow the path paved by Gates and Koch. I will be talking to my union president to see if there are any options for us to find new representation. And FYI, there are over 30,000 teachers who oppose CC$$. Seems pretty substantial to me. BAT!

  • Carla Johnson

    I believe this is the beginning of the end of Common Core!

  • http://www.badassteachers.com Jennifer Stern

    ^o^ Please, tell me more about how “most” teachers support the Common Core. ^o^

  • Lisa Neal

    I believe at this point you should publish some sort of reaction to the overwhelming comments calling you out on your claim that the majority of teachers support common core. Ridiculous that you claim to represent teachers, then publish erroneous information to your benefit. If you are correct, publish the poll that proves it. I am a teacher, I DO NOT support common core.

  • James Clark

    Ya… This is propaganda for sure… Isn’t the NEA supposed to be pro-teacher? Did Bill give them some money…?

  • StandingProud

    Wait?! Are you using the ‘survey’ data where you published “Roughly two-thirds of educators are either wholeheartedly in favor of the standards (26 percent) or support them with “some reservations” (50 percent).” Only later to reveal that you only asked –> 1200 <– out of your MILLIONS of members?!?

    Ohhhh. . . wait. . .I might have it. . . you must have 'surveyed' your new TFA members . . . and 300 of them support CC$$. . . . because experienced, professional educators most assuredly do not.

  • zach

    For starters, “CCCS cost money, and takes money away from things that make school enjoyable and exciting like art, music, hands on science, and physical education. Worse yet, the money it removes goes into the hands of for profit test companies” –Mark Naison said this on Facebook, but I agree with it 100%, and NEA needs to stop drinking the corporate Kool-Aid

  • Ed Hencinski

    I’m disappointed in the NEA. Disappointed but not surprised.
    Anyone at the NEA who signed of on this lie should seriously consider resigning their position and allowing real education activist take their place.

    Thanks for nothing NEA.

  • NY BAT

    What planet are you on? The majority of teachers support the Common Core? Obviously you did not gather adequate data before writing that fallacy!

  • Lorelei Hays

    I am an NEA member and teacher and I oppose CC. It is not more rigorous. It does not allow for creativity, and when added to scripted teaching and way too much assessment it is a recipie for duos aster. Schools and public education are not what is failing. All these wealthy business types were not trained in common core schools. What is failing is social fabric that brought children to school with behavior expectations, expectations of working hard and the concept if delayed gratification. It is parenting and the media nonsense that need reforming not education.

  • ms. teacher

    I am a 20-year veteran high school, and I do NOT support CCSS! Since its arrival, the curriculum has been narrowed significantly, testing has increased significantly, and students’ morale has dropped as the constant focus on testing has taken the joy out of learning. My district has spent far too much public money on consultants and technology for testing related to CCSS; class size has increased, and students are expected to conform to a highly regimented curriculum that is not developmentally appropriate and does not allow for modifications to suit particular student needs.

  • Susan Demeuse

    I am a NEA member and this organization DOES NOT have the best interests of teachers or students in mind when it was decided to take the money of Gates to promote the Common Core. Shame, shame, shame.

  • NA Parker

    Like so many of my colleagues above, I have to question your research methodology and conclusions. The ONLY teachers I know who are expressing enthusiasm for CCSS are those who are afraid of speaking out and having their jobs threatened. It is no coincidence that CCSS appeared shortly after unions lost their “teeth”, and ability to protect intellectual freedom and free expression. As educators, we are fools not to see where so many of these “new” trends are leading. I”m highly disappointed that the NEA, which once stood for the protection of teachers, now willingly goes along with questionably determined standards that threaten the academic good of our students.

  • Sami Cirpili

    I do not oppose common core standards per se, but the claim that these set of standards will level the playing field for disadvantaged children? Does the author really believe this? I am opposed to the nature of their assessment which will ultimately be multiple choice, high stakes tests that, guess what?, kids from backgrounds where the language spoken at home is non-standard english will perform worse than their peers where the language spoken at home is a close match to the language on the assessment. But nice try to cram something else down the throats of educators.

  • PC

    What 75%? I guess you don’t need my dues $
    any more. Most teachers I work with do NOT support CC. Get a clue, NEA leaders–and start LEADING!

  • Jeanne Berrong

    I am flabbergasted that the NEA supports a developmentally inappropriate set of standards that were not created by educators and were not field-tested.

    I cannot believe that you are supportive of a set of standards that are inextricably linked to an exponential increase in high stakes-testing that will rob students of instructional time, further narrow the curriculum, and hurt teachers whose evaluations will be tied to students’ test scores.

    I cannot fathom why you continue to grandstand for a set of standards that will force cash-strapped districts to spend millions of dollars on hardware and bandwidth so students can take expensive, computerized standardized tests– this is money that should go to classrooms, libraries, counselors, art programs and wraparound services that will benefit our most at-risk children.

    23% of American children live in poverty– they need our help, not more tests.

    Shame on you, NEA.

  • StandingProud

    “An NEA poll conducted in July by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research found that 75 percent of its members—teachers and education support professionals —supported the standards outright or supported “with reservations.”
    Make up your data-mind. Is it “roughly two-thirds” or “75%”? And why did you leave out that only 26% of the 1200 surveyed ‘fully support’ CC$$.

    WOW!!! You just turned 312 teachers into “MOST NEA MEMBERS”

    After this Gates backed and funded fluff-piece of crap, that’s about all the members you will have left.
    Oops. . . . looks like the union busting is working. . . from the top down
    ^^o^^

  • Judy

    Let’s talk #9. We had PT Conferences this week. I saw 2 parents on the first night and 2 parents on the last night. And, for the record, I support accountability. I do NOT support the excessive testing in Common Core. ^0^

  • Linda Eastman

    I retired from teaching two years ago BECAUSE of CCSS! I’m disgusted that NEA has aligned itself with such an obviously flawed program, designed to fail public school children. You are not standing up for teachers or students.

  • shorttam

    i am die-hard union, through and through. But THIS is exactly why unions are fading from the United States. Union leaders are incredibly out of touch with their rank and file members. They have been in leadership positions for so long, they have absolutely no clue what their members’ priorities and needs are. Sadly, NEA leaders are also so consumed with having a “seat at the table” that they are willing to sell not only their own souls, but the souls or their members and the students they serve as well. There is absolutely NO research that supports standards – any standards – as a method to increase student learning. There is absolutely NO research that supports the use of standardized testing – as a method to increase student learning. Our country is severely underfunding education and now spends millions and millions of those scarce resources on implementing standards and giving standardized tests. The premise that “standards” will equalize things for our student living in poverty is an incredibly laughable one. We’ve had “standards” for more than a decade. The inequities between students have INCREASED since the introduction of standards, and that is exactly what educated, logical people would expect to happen. I am disgusted with my union and an’t believe that now I not only have to fight anti-worker forces and anti-public education forces… but I also have to fight my union. NEA does NOT speak for me or any other teacher I know, on this issue and sadly, on many others too.

  • OKC BAT

    I am a member. I was not surveyed. I do not support the high-stakes testing in Common Core.

  • Kristie

    Come on NEA! What do you gave to say for yourselves? Are you reading any of this? WE DO NOT SUPPORT CCSS!

  • Nicole

    What a great fiction article. You have no clue.

  • Robert

    I am not an educator, but we have taken our children out of the school system because of Common Core. The institution of CC in the school system is driving away parents at an alarming rate. This mass exodus will leave teachers without jobs and cause the collapse of your precious union. I’m very sorry to all the high quality educators out there who will lose their jobs, but you should have taken a stand when you had a chance.

  • Sharon

    SHAME ON YOU NEA!! I have not heard of a single teacher who supports the CC and I know a ton of teachers. You have just lost a lot of members with this article. I am a special educator of students with developmental disabilities. My students are assessed via New York StAte Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) which is now directly linked to the Common Core. The rigidity of the “extensions” our students must be assessed on are absolutely insane . How should we expect students with severe autism who have serious behavior and communication issues and IQs on the average of 40 to do things like add fractions or identify the “intention of the author” in a text…..etc etc. I could go on for days. Our students need to stop having their time wasted on such absurdities so that they may continue to work on the life skills they need to become more independent and self sufficient young men and women. Their teachers need to focus on how they will help their students achieve these goals. There is not a single teacher in my very large school in support of CC. Frankly they are all disgusted and dishearten and the climate has become downright depressing. Our students do not have the option to opt out, but you can be sure that my own child will.

  • John Rockwell

    Why is NEA endorsing something that is clearly NCLB all over again? CCSS cannot be separated from its testing arm. It might sound nice, but it will end the same way: we will be doing scripted teaching to a dumb test again, using standards and curriculum we didn’t want and didn’t create. The difference this time is that it will play into the national “debate” about the so-called failure of public schools and many good schools will be closed in place of selective charters. Those who don’t see this possible future clearly are bad students of history.

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  • Sarah

    I am a teacher. I do NOT support common core. Never have, never will.

  • Rebecca

    Thank goodness for these comments. When I read the article I wondered who they surveyed. Common core is worse than no child left behind.

  • Vikki Rosich

    Thank you to all of you teachers who have always been on the side of our kids! We parents appreciate you with a whole heart. Keep fighting Common Core from the inside out. We parents are trying to fight from the outside in. Eventually we will meet you in the middle!

  • Jerry

    Reg would have NEVER put up with the Common Core and what it stands for. This article is humiliating!

  • Tom Dooley

    I have been an NEA member for almost 20 years, and have held officer positions in my local union. I am also a National Board Early Childhood Generalist. I do not support the Common Core Standards because they are inappropriate for younger elementary students, special education students and students who are raised in impoverished homes. The playing field is not level. I have been part of conversations with the Department of Education as part of the Teachers Letters to Obama campaign. We were all hoping for something different with this administration. However, Arne Duncan merely acts as a mouthpiece to Bill Gates and other corporate deformers. Now, our own union is backing this travesty. Young people will not be marked as failures. They will rise up and condemn this horrible testing climate just as the child did in the fable, “The Emporer Has No Clothes.” Shame on NEA! You are not protecting career educators, and worse yet, you are not protecting the hope of tomorrow: Our Children.

  • deeply saddened

    As if it wasn’t enough of a disappointment/slap-in-the-face that President Obama threw kids and teachers under the bus, now our own union has done it as well. Apparently, nothing IS sacred and NEA does NOT represent its membership. Way to sellout????

  • MarieL

    I’m not a teacher; I’m a parent of an elementary school-aged child. I have many years’ experience as an instructional designer, creating curriculum for businesses.

    I am appalled by the NEA’s support of these untested, unwarranted standards, being rolled out in full force using millions of children as guinea pigs. The cardinal rule in creating ANY instruction is to consider your audience; it is not rocket science, and yet it is abundantly clear that this fundamental principle was not considered in the creation of these standards. You don’t need to be a child development expert to recognize learning goals and materials that are age- and developmentally inappropriate.

    The Common Core standards stick out like sore thumbs; when odd-ball assignments come home, I look them up on corestandards.org. It is very easy to locate the standards for these assignments. There is obviously no time to master basic skills with the CCSS framework. The skills are laid on fast and furious in the elementary grades. Ready or not, here they come. Didn’t get to master that fundamental skill before moving on? Too bad! There’s so much to “cover” before the “all-important” state tests.

    This effort is being billed as “higher standards,” “more rigorous,” and for “college and career readiness.” This PR tactic would be laughable if it weren’t about children’s futures. Is it “rigorous” to expect things of children that they are not developmentally able to do yet? Or is it cruel? How many students will now drop out of school, BECAUSE of CCSS? I can tell you that already many, MANY young students in NY who used to LOVE going to school, now do not, thanks to the inappropriate expectations and incessant testing with Race to the Top / Common Core.

    NEA leadership should be ashamed to have “sold out” its teachers and our children. Was the $ worth the cost of your professional code of ethics, NEA leadership?

    I am relieved to see the majority of teachers here are opposed to CCSS. More and more parents are catching on every day. And we are MAD. We know that teachers are told to keep quiet about this. We are working hard EVERY DAY to educate more parents about where these standards came from & who was/wasn’t involved in their development.

    What is going on in our schools with CCSS is a travesty.

    Shame on you, NEA.

  • vivian morrow

    I am a grandmother responsible for helping my 8 year old 3rd grader after school with his homework. I have college degree. The alleged intended goals and purposes of Common Core are noble and logical. However, the implementation using the provided curriculum and material content is nonsensical and developmentally inappropriate as it deviates from time tested foundational fundamental basics of math, vocabulary, grammar and writing skills. The following is a reading comprehension test taken by my grandson:

  • vivian morrow

    I am a grandmother that has become involved with the “implementation” of Common Core through daily supervision of my 8 year old grandson’s 3rd grade school work. My “confusion” started last year before I had even heard of Common Core when he came home with a 4 page type written instruction assignment to complete. He was being assigned projects last year that required research, writing, assimilating the acquired knowledge and in some cases building posters and exemplary projects to demonstrate his research. He was being asked to think abstractly before he even had the concrete vocabulary or reading skill to comprehend the information, much less process it. As a result, I had to get the information together for him (as he watched), read it to him, discuss it with him, write it down for him as we came to our conclusions, supervise rewriting the info, gather the necessary components for the project demonstration and its assembly. In short, Grandma spent about 12 hours completing a project for a 2nd grader as he watched that would have been a “no brainer” for a 4TH OR 5TH grader………………………………Waste of precious learning time. The project was too far advanced to serve any kind of learning purposes for a 7 year old who hasn’t mastered writing skills, reading skills and communication skills which are a necessary FOUNDATION

  • vivian morrow

    The only children who are going to make it past 5th grade without falling below standard are those who have tutors or parents or supervisors who daily “home school” behind the classroom. These after hours “overseers” are also going to have to be “educated” and have open communication with the teacher.

  • vivian morrow

    This is a sample of a Reading Comprehension Test that my 3rd grade 8 year old grandson brought home last week.

    “The Beast in the Belly”

    We’ve been studying food chains in class. Food is not a good thing to talk about just before lunch when I’m starving! I can’t control the beast in my belly. It growls like an angry bear. My eyes are pinned on the clock. There are ten more minutes until the bell rings. It might as well be a century. I’m going bananas.
    My pal, Jessie, sees my eyes glued on the clock. He throws me a look, and whispers, “Hang on, Dude.” He knows I’m dangling by a thread. Mr. Grant sees us and throws knives at us with his eyes. “Control yourselves, boys,” his glance says. Then he goes back to talking about nature’s balance.
    The minutes drag by. By now I could eat a horse. Finally, the bell rings. We are up and out of our seats in a flash. We race to the cafeteria.
    Mrs. Jenkins greets us, “What’s your beef, Stew?” she teases. She piles large amounts of macaroni and cheese on our plates. Then she adds a mountain of green beans. We grab some milk, sit down at a long table and start shoveling.

    The questions were about “literal language” and “non literal language”. First, I’m appalled that this kind of language would even be introduced to 8 year olds to decipher before they have even had opportunity to pick up colloquial slang. This seems to be promoting it. My grandson is not even allowed to use the word “Dude”. Secondly, most children under the age of 8 are still very literal in their interpretation of words and their world. The innuendos are easily picked up as they age and is NOW a big part of our cultural problems. There are too many hard core facts and foundational information that needs to be taught at this level. This is a waste of time. Read this “article” with a literal interpretation and you will be able to understand the interpretation of an 8 year old…it’s nonsensical…WHY ARE WE PLAYING TRICKS ON THEM WITH THIS KIND OF NONSENSE???? He got a 56 on the test…if I did not understand the fallacy of this test, I might be putting pressure on him to listen, pay attention, do better, punishing for bad grades, demoralizing for a bad grade, blaming the teacher for a bad grade…and the list of pressures goes on to “MAKE THE GRADE”. Instead, I’m going to have to spend time trying to explain stupid abstract terms that I don’t even want him to use in everyday communication. TEACH THE TRUE FOUNDADATIONS OF MATH, READING, GRAMMAR, AND WRITING AND SPEAKING COMMUNICATION SKILLS AND THE REST OF THE EDUCATION PROCESS WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF AS A CURIOUSITY AND LOVE FOR LEARNING IS DEVELOPED!!!!!

  • Karen Simpson

    My daughter has been a straight A student her entire school career. Now she is in 8th grade and has been told by her math teacher she “has to figure it out” herself. She was even written up last week by the same teacher for “asking too many questions” when trying to “figure it out. This travesty called Core Curriculum needs to go!

  • sarah

    I am a NYS teacher and I am NOT in favor of the Common Core!

  • sarah

    I am a NYS teacher and I am NOT in favor of the Common Core! Shame on the NEA for this propaganda!

  • sean

    Nonsense! Abolish Common Core NOW!

  • Paul-Victor Winters

    I am embarrassed of the NEA. This is propaganda.

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  • Scott

    You were bought just like everyone else. How shameful NEA.

  • Lisa Keller

    My husband and I are both high school teachers in Michigan. NEA does not speak for us; we do not support Common Core. We have enrolled our three children in private school in order to keep them away from common core. NEA has lost touch with its membership and is no longer representative of most teachers. Now that Michigan is a Right to Work state, we will be withdrawing from NEA as soon as our contract allows.

  • anmiello

    NEA – You no longer represent the teachers, whose hard earned money you gladly accept. You clearly represent Pearson, Gates, and other corporations, whose money you also gladly accept.

    NO. Teachers do not like Common Core.

    NO. Teachers are against excessive testing, teaching to the test, badly written-intentionally confusing tests that last for hours.

    NO. Teachers do not want materials & concepts that are DEVELOPMENTALLY INAPPROPRIATE for the children they’re pitched at.

    NO. Parents do not like to see their children lose their love of learning.

    NO. Parents do not like to see their children struggle with homework that takes hours a night, that is way above their academic or age level.

    YES. There IS a growing movement to be rid of these things and get back to the business of REAL teaching and learning, exploring, questioning, differentiating, authentic forms of appropriate assessment that both teachers and students can use and grow.

    Your article is baseless, biased and bogus.
    It is not right for you to take our hard earned money and devalue the entire profession your organization is based on.

  • Malin Williams

    There sure are a lot of negative comments about the common core here. Funny since we’re all, or mostly all, or some of us, well there must be one or two of us–we just didn’t comment…I guess we’re the silent majority…What was I saying? Oh, yes, we clearly love the common core.

  • K Payton

    Which members did you survey? I am an NEA member and I do not support undocumented, unproven, developmentally inappropriate standards that do not support best practices in any way shape or form. CCSS is bad for education but more importantly! bad for children!

  • Stacey Childs

    You apparently did not survey any NJ teachers! We are not happy nor do we support all of common core and the mountains of testing coming with it. I encourage everyone to consider pulling their memberships from the NEA. Why should my money go to supporting untruths. You are doing nothing to help end this nightmare .

  • Jon Bordeaux

    I’ve read numerous comments on this page and so far all of them have expressed, strongly, that they actually DON’T support Common Core. Add my comment to that tally.

    This article seems based on the survey that was questionably interpreted by NEA. 75% of NEA members do not “support” Common Core. At best, 26% do, and that’s based on a fairly small sample size.

    Reading through the rest of the article, I feel that the author is somehow completely unaware of what has been happening in New York state over the past year. Based on those events, all of these wonderful ideas of what Common Core “could be” are seeming more or more like fantasy fiction.

  • Angie Sullivan

    This? While we fight for TEI? Help!

    I’m a union girl. But I know that my union is huge and has become part of the privatizing problem – looking for money from big business and supporting politicians who take it too.

    So I lobby them too.

    Common core is not supported by this member.

    With everything going on in my state of Nevada – NEA spends money and gives us a grant to implement common core standards?

    NEA likes to say is that our “members” support common core. Really? In Nevada only half our teachers vote in elections but somehow NEA was able to poll us and determined we support common core? That is a lie.

    The representative assembly considered this and while common core passed – this was NOT an issue for many states YET. Most representatives sat out and did not vote for or against – I was watching. States like California voted heavily NO. This was not an overwhelming mandate from the body to support. A third of the room stood against. Those of us oppressed by the system that no one paid us any money to implement said no. I had no voice at any level about common core. This was not democratically implemented.

    Common core was developed by big business. They want all states to have the same standards – not to improve education – but to improve profit for themselves. Bill Gates will sell national software. Pearson will dominate our market with national programs and textbooks. The companies will no longer have to tailor Nevada products to Nevada. This is a national standard to create a national unified market so that corporations can make money.

    And testing. Common core is great for test makers correct? We have a computer … so we must create systems to collect and compare data about our kids on a national level?

    No one asked me what it is like filling out a report card with 128 standards.

    No one considered developmental appropriateness for five year olds when creating the standards.

    No one considered the diversity that is in my classroom when developing the standards.

    No one asked me.

    So don’t imply that I support such a system because I see it for what it is. It is no good for my students in poverty in urban Nevada. It doesn’t support language learners. It raises the bar? Not really. It does imply that every student in America fits into a cookie cutter.

    I believe my union is selling out students and teachers on this issue instead of doing what is right. Authentic learning is more than a score.

    We will regret this – just as we regret No Child Left Behind – which my union implied I supported too. It will oppress us. It will encourage more tests and scores and failures. It will measure teachers and compare us until we fail too. This will promote an elite agenda … doing very little and most likely harm the kids I serve and love.

    No money or support – just churn- and failing kids left in the wake?

    Unfunded mandates sold to us by big money and implemented without teacher voice or additional pay – sound familiar?

    We have seen this before and the big question is … who is making money because we will be hard pressed to say it helped Vegas kids.

    O God hear the words of my mouth, let my union be advocates and not waste our spare resources in directions that do not help.

  • Danielle North

    I am die-hard union but am tired of being sold out by people who don’t give a crap who they are representing. I don’t buy that most teachers support Common Core and resent that NEA tauts this. For the first time ever, I am questioning my loyalties to my unions.

  • Kim

    Teachers AND parents do NOT like what common core is doing to our children in class and at home. It is developementally inappropriate and stressing out our poor children. When I have my 6 year old in tears over timed tests and pressure there is a problem. The more it is getting implemented the worse it is getting!

  • Melinda

    I am a union member and was not asked my opinion on CCSS. Stop selling out the people who support you!

  • Cynthia Pelosi

    It is such a shame that the NEA has abandoned students and teachers to join with big business in trying to ruin the public education system in the U.S. It is unethical to put millions of students into a program that is not tested and proven to be valid and reliable. Our schools are not businesses and are not full of robots or machines and as such, cannot be run like a business. The “standard” are not developmentally appropriate in many areas and totally ignore the differences among students due to a multitude of factors. Having the companies that were involved in developing the standards–not professional educators that are actually working in the classroom–then making the curriculum and assessments to test those students is also unethical–and a MONOPOLY! Please listen to your members and reconsider your stance on Common Core and high-stakes testing.

  • Amanda

    Shame on you NEA!!! Forget the shame of not supporting the teachers you are designed to support…have you seen the crap content being given to our children? Because I HAVE, my daughter is the victim of terrible worksheets, ridiculous assessments, and a complete decline in educational content. Highly disappointed in you.

  • Janet Evans

    I am a teacher. I DO NOT support common core. This union is so out of touch with its members!

  • Concerned Educator

    I’m deeply concerned that the NEA, which is supposed to represent educators, is so blatantly pushing a set of standards that was not constructed by actual classroom teachers. It is a fallacy to say that educators support these developmentally inappropriate standards. More tests are not the answer and the shocking rise of standardized testing is only serving to diminish the quality of American education as teachers are forced to teach to narrowly scripted standards that exist to pump more money into Pearson. Follow the money and stop throwing students and teachers under the bus in order to promote a corporate model of education. Our students and children are not cogs in a factory and shouldn’t be treated as such. Respect the wishes of your members and cease backing Common Core. ^0^

  • Donna Saragnese

    I am so disappointed that MY union would drink the Kool-Aid knowing that the number of teachers presently serving in classrooms that were part of the Common Core authors was negligible! Is it because our dues can’t pay what you can get from the Koch Brothers or from the Gates and Walton Foundations? Are you at least getting a cut from Pearson? Some of these standards are so developmentally inappropriate that I have students who feel completely demoralized because they’re just not ready to function at the level needed for the mastery status that the Common Core says they should be able to accomplish by grade 8 Maybe you should poll your membership before you endorse something!

  • Jon Bordeaux

    I posted yesterday to express my frustration with this article, as well as clearly state that I am an NEA member that does NOT support CCSS.

    However, I thought this might get the attention of NEA leaders a bit more: there are a good number of us discussing in social media how to go about either calling for a no-confidence vote or withholding our dues for the national organization.

    Let me be clear; I am NOT anti-union. My local is amazing and my state chapter is hugely important. But the ridiculous positions and concessions NEA has taken over the past two years are infuriating me. If I could withhold every penny from you while still supporting ISTA in Indiana and my local chapter, I would do so.

  • Neil

    So much for “no massive groundswell of opposition” Are there any positive comments here from NEA members?

  • Serge

    NEA,
    You have turned off most of your members by supporting Common Core; This farce of a “system” is the worse thing for students in the last 10 years. It is unproven, unacceptable to teachers and parents alike, and will destroy creativity and critical thinking skills in students. You have now lost me as a member.

  • Noreen

    I DO NOT support the Common Core and what its implementation is doing to our students. With over $1,000 per year in dues coming out of my paycheck that goes to my local, county, state & national (NEA) union offices, you’d think someone would have asked me what I thought. It’s time to face the fact that you DO NOT have a clear understanding of what your membership feels about CCSS.

  • Julie B

    Looks like it’s time for new NEA leadership.

  • Susanne Maxwell

    NEA – where are you? Common Core is the GMO of education! Public education is now run by corporations – how is that? Return our schools to their communities. Fund the underfunded. Support, train, inspire and promote teachers. Stand by our children and their right to have a solid, creative, rigorous, engaging education. Common Core/Race to the Top is a fraud. Please step up. Until then – you have lost my support.

  • Rachel Dobbs

    I am an educator and parent, and I have yet to hear anyone speak out IN FAVOR of the Common Core. My colleagues are nearly unanimous in their disdain for the scripts, the developmentally inappropriate materials and methods, and the loss of professional autonomy. My child–a Kindergartener–toils through his homework each night. I went to a reading event at my son’s elementary school last night, and when the parents were requested to go into a classroom to hear about reading as a family and how parents can support kids, the frustration expressed with the Common Core and the new curriculum were very obvious even though the teachers presenting were as diplomatic as could be. Many parents who were doing their best to be involved and supportive of their kids complained about the engageny website, the curricular materials, and the stress their kids are under. I’m not sure where all these teachers who support the common core are, because I’ve not met ONE.

  • mini

    I am an educator. This is the kind of thing that makes me want to defund schools, and put the money into feeding hungry children. Making sure students have enough to eat is the Common Core. The rest is crap.

  • Jennifer Fatone

    I am terribly disappointed that my union ignores the valid criticisms and concerns of the very teachers it supposedly represents. Common Core, in many areas, is developmentally inappropriate. Students are working at high levels of frustration, which is damaging their ability and desire to learn. CC will not level the playing field; we must address our disgraceful child poverty rate if we truly see that as our goal. Raising the bar for disadvantaged students is just cruel, and will only increase the enormous gaps that exist when it comes to student success and wealth. The new materials available to teachers do not benefit students; they benefit corporations like Pearson in the form of enormous profits. Teachers know how to challenge their students at the appropriate levels because teachers know their students. NEA’s support suggests that we do not have the professional ability to meet our students needs. It is insulting.

  • William Goodrich

    What does AFT say about the Common Core? Are they in collusion with NEA?

  • Jennifer S

    10 Things I DO Know About Common Core

    1. The standards are developmentally inappropriate for our younger students. We’re being pushed to implement them anyway.
    2. States have rushed into implementation as a condition of accepting Race to the Top money (sorely needed during lean budget years) without adequately planning or field-testing any testing. We’re being pushed to implement and test anyway.
    3. Research has shown that Value-added assessments (for teachers and administrators) do not have proven validity. We’re being pushed to use these as part of teacher evaluations anyway.
    4. “Everyone” is pushing to develop Common Core Curriulum materials and many of them have not been tested or quality-controlled to ensure that all components are working or compatible with current technology in schools.
    5. School districts are now looking at millions of dollars that must be spent on new technology and equipment that is compatible with the specs provided by PARCC or other testing provider, not to mention additional staff members to keep the equipment up and running, and not addressing at all that many students are not receiving instruction in necessary skills such as keyboarding, word processing, etc. Many of these districts are sorely in need of that funding for other initiatives such as arts, music, PE, programming, Library materials, Librarians, Guidance Counselors, Nurses, etc.
    6. PARCC testing will take days to weeks our of instructional time while schools try to ensure that all student accomodations are met and accessibility options are set up on individual machines for individual students, not to mention the fact that the equipment itself will be unavailable for use by other students for educational purposes while it is being used for testing.
    7. Accessibility options have not yet been fully tested or implemented for the assessments.
    8. Schools have not had adequate time to assess the system capacity for things such as band-width, etc., let alone been able to look at a workable logistical method for testing a huge number of students with a limited number of computers in a finite testing window. Not to mention the impact on the testing company’s servers when millions of children across the country try to access the testing materials at the same time. (I’ve already experienced a Pearson server crash in the middle of computerized testing that impacted 4 separate states and it was only one grade in my school testing that day, not 4 or more grades!)
    9. The assessments themselves have not been tested or benchmarked or had any type of validity proven.
    10. Common Core has been pushed by a small number of educational reformers who have a monetary stake in its successful implementation as anyone who followed the money would be able to recognize. Who will benefit the most from Common Core and the associated high-stakes testing? Not our students, not their teachers, and not their schools. The only folks benefitting from its implementation are politicians, computer hardware & software manufacturers, and curriculum/testing corporations. Start looking at the relatlionships between those groups and you will find that it is exceedingly incestuous.

    NEA, you have sold out your members. I’d like a full dues refund for the last three years. You have not been representing us at all.

  • Laura Garrett

    This article should be called “Ten Myths of Common Core.” This is NOT about helping students or teachers; it’s about making money. So follow the money and you’ll find the real supporters of Common Core.

  • Cathy Sabol

    In desperation for Race to the Top money, states agreed to a non-existent national test and an ill-conceived set of standards. The test developers and robo-grading companies will be the only ones who benefit. As a veteran teacher, I am disappointed that my union believes it is speaking for me on this topic. Our children have been damaged by NCLB and will continue to suffer in the name of CCSS. We need the union on our side to point out that the “supporters” are probably having this forced down their throats; they don’t want to jeopardize their jobs by daring to speak the truth.

  • Caroline Turman

    I am trying to talk myself out of dropping out of the union – educators do not support common core – or merit pay – you do not represent me – or most teachers it seems by the replies – I can’t see myself being a scab but I need that money – my pay is going down and my bills are going up – meanwhile you are taking money from the likes of Bill Gates – what’s next – are you planning to support vouchers? – Very unhappy with your sheer disregard for those of us in the trenches and the children that we are fighting to protect from the ruination of public education

  • Maureen Morrissey

    In addition to a resounding “amen” to the majority of comments above, I add that the common core includes pre-k standards, when neither pre-k nor kindergarten is mandated, at least in New York. So as a kindergarten teacher, I am now expected to cram two years of instruction into my 4 and 5 years olds (Dec 31 cut-off for K registration). The CCS has basically taken the former K standards and renamed them pre-K, and done the same to the new K standards which are nearly identical to the previous first grade standards.

    As for the claim that 75% or two thirds (really?) of NEA members support the implementation, that survey you tout polled just above 3% of the membership. I don’t know a stat or math teacher that would call this a representative number. What does hold water is that 100% of the comments to this article disagree with its premise.

  • Lynn Fedele

    The Common Core is nothing but a vehicle to push more testing, such as the PARCC. Pearson will make millions, and teachers will be blamed for low scores on unfair, poorly designed standardized tests, which will lead to more charter schools opening. The NEA needs to fight back!

  • e hardaway

    Teachers hate it, parents hate it and children hate it. If I hear the word engaging one more time I will scream. It is hard to be engaging when you know what you need to be teaching, but what you are forced to teach is developmentally inappropriate. The teachers are crying at school as well as the students.

  • Robyn

    Sorry NEA, I am a proud union member and I was not asked about Common Core because if you asked me I would not approve. I disagree for so many reasons. Give me the voice as MY union to speak against these standards. It is not helping educators it is crippling our profession. Please stop spreading the lies that NEA members support this. I think the reality is educators are afraid to speak out in fear.

    As a parent I am disgusted with what my children are doing at school in the name of common core. My kids teachers know what they need to work on and they can tell me that because they know my kids. I am sick of the thought of my kids being pulled out for tests multiple times a year. Even at their young ages they understand how “important” these tests are and are stressed. I put important in quotes because they are the exact opposite from important. Important is how they treat their family and friends NOT a score on a test. Important is helping a neighbor. Important is loving their unique abilities.

  • beyond disgusted

    if the goal of the CC$$ implementation (and all the other RTTT requirements) is union busting, then I think the standards might actually have a chance to succeed in something…it just won’t be helping children, parents, schools or teachers. The demise of the NEA in the future is a given (if the organization continues to promote such dribble as this article tries to suggest)… and THAT might actually be another part of the hidden agenda associated with CC$$ implementation.

  • Cristi Thomson

    I have read the article and many of the comments. I’m sorry, NEA, but the Common Core is an attempt to make public schools look bad and require schools to spend from their limited budget to buy scripted lessons and workbooks etc from private companies that want to cash in on education. The idea of standards is fine, but the Common Corps standards are age inappropriate at MANY levels, take the “fun” out of education and make teachers the scapegoat for all the ills of the world. I am an NEA member and have been for almost 35 years, but I do not agree with the NEA stance on this matter. Save our kids, our teachers and our schools and quit touting a standard that is designed to penalize EVERYONE in public education!!

  • Sarah

    Seriously, NEA. Stop the commercials. Me thinks you do protest too much. I have not heard ONE of the 120 plus teachers at my school say ANYTHING positive about CC- which is crazy since 75% of them-according to you- are supposedly in support of CC.
    Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark- $$$

  • Vicki

    Follow the money! Teachers were not asked about common core. But, the data machines are going to make a ton of money$$$$$ at the expense of our students. I teach in Florida and the FCAT testing has not benefited our students!

  • Joe Hill

    I am ashamed that my union is in bed with Bill Gates and the Koch Bros. This is all part of a larger plan to destabilize and defund public education. NEA, you are not representing your members.

  • Susan Murphy

    Are you kidding? CCSS ELA style is biased against literature, fiction, creative writing, the arts, and anything else that can’t be measured or counted. It was created to marginalize English teachers and remove English as a core subject. The new core subject will be Literacy coaches for the “real” core classes of math and science and the social sciences. (Sarcasm font implied) Stand by your members and object to the privatization of public education. ^0^

  • Kathy

    Do you represent teachers or the politicians and big business that are supporting the common core? The words you write is not representative of teachers at all!! Open your eyes and ears!!!

  • H.Huston

    I don’t know who the NEA has been talking to…!?!? I teach on Long Island and I haven’t met ANY teacher who is happy with the Common Core. Maybe it’s due the the horrible way it was rolled out. Too much … to fast … too little training. I’ve been teaching a long time and I have never seen so many teachers, parents and students so unhappy.

  • http://yahoo wilda mason

    NEA, WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!! CC is not for learning, it’ for corp. pockets. Talk to teachers, see the negative effect it is having on our CHILDERN.

  • http://yahoo wilda mason

    NEA WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!! CC is not for educating students but is set up to line Corp. pockets. Talk to teachers, find out what negative effects it is having on students. Taking naps and recess from elementary students is abuse. Let our kids be kids.

  • Louis

    Since it’s Halloween…The Common Core is the Demeter — the Russian ship that carried Dracula to Whitby. To disengaged onlookers, it’s simply a ship coming into the harbor (harmless), but the bowels of that ship hold a great deal of objectionable cargo.

    The Common Core is the poster child for Race to the Top and all the mire that comes with it: political trickery, business roundtables, even more high-stakes testing, value-added measures to evaluate teachers, data-driven instruction, standardization of learning and teaching, federal revenue sharing that won’t last, etc,.

    You can dress up standards all you want; they’re still going to have little to no impact on student achievement. Students need solid content, great teachers, involved parents, and families with steady incomes — this is the nourishment.

    The vehicle for the Common Core (the Odell teaching modules in NYS) are second-rate, particularly the ELA modules. The modules are akin to a set of dollar-store tools. Having piloted one in 8th grade, I will not return to them.

    What’s wrong in education resides at the top (DOE and federal education policy, state ed departments, state government): cronyism, bureaucracy, politics, micromanagement, unfunded mandates, etc.

    Standards and testing will never cure poverty. The Common Core will have little to no impact on student achievement. Why is NEA getting behind these reform distractions? You’re only misleading educators, parents, and students. Why are you throwing your support behind non-educators (National Governors Association, David Coleman, Susan Pimentel, etc.,)? You should be listening to dedicated classroom teachers…I guess we’ll need to include NEA in that ever-growing list of windbags up there at the top wheeling and dealing…propagandizing…

  • Diane Aoki

    I do not know how you can say that over 75% of its members support the common core. No one I know was asked. I suppose you had a scientific sample, but to say it is 75% of its members is somewhat devious, misleading, which makes me even more inclined to believe that you have sold out to gates. You are paying the piper, rather than being an objective advocate for your members,

  • Jim Mordecai

    One problem with the Common Core State Standards is that there has been no talk on empowering the teachers that work with the students to provide feedback on how specific standards are not appropriate fit for the student or impossible for the teacher to teach given limit of time or developmentally inappropriate standard to be taught. Another reason to encourage feedback and modification by teachers is that some standards will likely prove to be trivial and there is a need to weed out lesser important standards lease the trivial overwhelms essential.

    These are not the 10 standards given by God but standards promoted by wealth of Bill Gates. More the reason to designate a means of modifying the inappropriate standards as they are rolled out, taught and tested.

  • Rebecca Biddick

    CCSS is a privatization ploy and the NEA knows it! Dennis Van Roekel is an unabashed member of the Arne Duncan fan club–so busy trying to get invited to DC cocktail parties that he can’t remember who sent him there and why! While teachers all over the county are losing their compensation, pensions, healthcare and their JOBS to privatization, Van Roekel touts more professional development! As students are turned into data points and bored stiff by curriculum designed with a narrow focus, Van Roekel cheers for the millionaires and their test driven common core curriculum!
    As a teacher and a parent I am beyond disappointed. The NEA should be fighting these ideas not promoting them!

  • Hulya Sakarya

    I am also against the core and in agreement with many views above. Mostly I believe the NEA is reaching for straws in a desperate attempt to correct issues embedded in societal ills not school-based alone. We should clear space (and remove the huge financial strain of creating these kinds of initiatives) by giving teachers more room to perform with talent and enthusiasm. Administrators should be focus on developing relationships with teachers and support those with talent and promote them or give rewards. “Talent” is measure many ways. Period.

  • Jon Bordeaux

    Sorry, I have to add one more thing. The survey included 1200 teachers. 26% of those teachers, or 312 teachers, stated that they supported the CCSS “wholeheartedly.”

    50% of the teachers surveyed, or 600, stated that they supported CCSS “with some reservations.”

    The notion that 76% of all 3.2 million NEA members support CCSS based on answers provided by less than 1,000 teachers is ludicrous.

    Furthermore, when you read more of the survey results, we run into this: “What is it about the Common Core that generates educator support? 38 percent cited clearer guidelines and education goals, 27 percent said the standards are already aligned with what they teach, and 23 percent believed the standards are more rigorous.”

    If so many of us support CCSS, why wouldn’t more of us agree with these wonderful things? From a simplistic survey, you could interpret these results in an entirely different way.

    *Ahem* “What is it about the Common Core that educators do not support? 62% do not believe CCSS provides clearer guidelines and education goals, 73% said the standards are NOT aligned with what they teacher, and a whopping 77% do not believe the standards are any more rigorous than their current state standards.”

    Why not try a new survey with a relevant sample size? Spare me, and the rest of your members, the dogma.

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  • Debbie

    As a teacher for children with special needs & going into her 20th year I have experienced many different methods and strategies for teaching. I started teaching in the Whole Language phase that was the new method of change during the voucher push.. Then we moved into standards and NCLB with a slick move to now needing charters based on API/AYP scores for public schools failing due one size fits all state tests. We all know what happened there. Where were you NEA as public schools fell under these tactics? Where were you as poverty increased for our children with their public schools and incredible teachers were blamed for it all? I asked you then and I ask you now again- where are you now as teacher’s voices are dismissed and bullied into silence? Where are you now as CCSS stalks in with mounting evidence of harm to children, our public school system BUT more importantly our children.. ESPECIALLY the poor, the children with special needs and those who were left behind? NEA I am embarrassed to be a member of an organization that does not listen to the very people and children it aims to serve. LISTEN to the voices… look at the closing of schools.

  • http://Neatoday.com Kristina

    Lies, lies, and more lies! They can say the governors created it, if that is what they would like to call it, but they would be wrong…Washington and bill Gates are behind it and it is getting rammed down our throats. The NEA certainly knows who is behind it. Do you research beyond this website, beyond what the news media says. You really need to dig in and realize that local control is going by the wayside. This is a sad day in education disguised by something that would seem good to most educators and the general public.

  • Myles Hoenig

    How much has Gates given the NEA?

  • Andy

    I strongly oppose CCSS for several reasons, but mostly because they are a ploy by Gates et al to privatize public education. I cannot believe that my union supports them. I am more than willing to side with the fundamentalist, home-school crazies to oppose them.

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  • Jan

    Wow…how far off the mark can the NEA get? Why don’t you try your original poll again now that more states have “rolled out” the CCLS and ways to implement it. It makes me sad AND angry to be represented by a group with such an utterly divergent opinion, and my own local has abandoned us when it comes to fighting for our profession. After 32 years as a special education teacher, I have never been so disgusted, disheartened, and disillusioned by what has happened to our profession, our Union representation(or lack thereof), and our poor students.

  • Kamara

    As a parent of children whom are effected by this new cirruclum I don’t understand why we as parents were informed over the summer of this new change. My son is in kindergarten and because of this cirruclum he is required to do 1st grade work, which is too much. I am a hands on and only mother, I go to school myself and this is a lot of work for someone his age to handle on his own. The parents should of been altered to this new change over the summer so we could had prepared for this and had our children ready sort of ready for this new change, this was poor planning.

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  • Radar

    Common Core has eliminated the opportunity for teachers to teach, transfer knowledge. While it might be called more rigorous, it’s merely ‘teaching’ the test, the standardized test. Educators have little to no resources to support CC in their classrooms. Clearly a case of putting the cart before the horse!!

  • LiveFeedUSA

    I am a parent who grew up in a socialist educational environment and can tell that CORE is nothing more than a factory that is to produce a PREDICTABLE and COMPLIANT workforce. One has to look at the fact that CORE is an India based company where 80% of funding comes from USA, 10% from UK and 4% from rest of the participating countries. Core Education & Technologies Inc is Mumbai, India corporation that had 60% increase in REVENUES in 2011/12 year period. All you have to do is to access company’s Annual Financial Report and it’s all there. I am not sure if this server can accept the link, so just google “core-edutech.com” I will be doing a series of live shows on the subject at DarpaTV.com and your comments and experiences are welcome.
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  • http://mrbchs.blogspot.com Art Belliveau

    It is a travesty that the union I have belonged to for 25 years and looked to as a bulwark against unreasonable and unconscionable abuses of power over teachers is not only not up in arms against this Corporate Core foolishness, but is ENDORSING it! You should be ashamed to back this corporate push to take over public education. Why am I sending you my money? Get off this obscene bandwagon as fast as possible. Stand up for your members, not for the corporations that are against us!

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  • Paul E. Doniger

    I am an NEA member also and I was also not part of this so-called survey. I do not approve of the common core, either: One size fits few!
    The 11th thing we should know is that these standards were created without a single teacher involved in the actual writing of them.
    Finally, I don’t know why there are ) likes & dislikes on the comments above – I tried to like w a few of them, but nothing happened. Why is that?
    I am feeling as if my dues are being wasted and that my union is not standing up for me at all!

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  • Marie

    It doesn’t matter what we think. Teachers are the least important part of the equation. The fact that the NEA says we love it just emphasizes the fact that we do not count and our opinions don’t matter.

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  • http://neatoday.org Heidi Jensen

    When I started reading this article, I felt a twing of uncomfortable disbelief. For a moment, I thought I had been missing out on other material from NEA, promoting the CCSS. For a while now, I’ve been doing my best to keep up on current articles, blogs, and conversations about the CCSS. Nothing I have read, especially Diane Ravitch’s blog and books, has expressed a supportive view. Nothing! During the numerous professional development sessions and collaboration, my colleagues and I have experienced ridiculous amounts of confusion and stress, while “unwrapping the core” and trying to make sense of the developmentally inappropriate standards. As well, our students feel the same emotions. I can take care of my own well being in this situation, but our students don’t have those skills or maturity. It crushes my spirit to see them shut down because of what I have to teach. Especially with a population of students who come from high-risk, poverty situations. They come from apartment complexes that have a few hundred units, 10-13 people sharing a 2-bedroom apartment, and slumlords taking advantage of them. They are immigrants, refugees, and unfamiliar with indoor plumbing or washing your hands. They’ve never had proper health care and are in such great need of mental health services. They see violence almost everyday in their cramped little communities, and parents sell their child’s Ritalin or other prescriptions to help support their own habit. They move constantly, miss way too much school, have unsupportive parents, and exist at a level where their basic needs are not met. But I have to teach them the difference between expository and persuasive writing techniques within the 3rd grade ELA Core. These students don’t even realize that they have opinions let alone the courage to share them.

    I’ve wondered for a few months now if NEA has been speaking out against CCSS, and I’ve been looking over anything I can find that NEA publishes. I can’t find a single thing! Also, I’ve never been surveyed about the CCSS! None of my colleagues have either. We have on a state level, but that’s it!

    During such a chaotic time across the country with the reformers ideology and push of high-stakes assessments, and the bullying of teachers while simultaneously blaming us for the failing process…why hasn’t NEA (or any association/union for that matter) shown their support and publicaly promote the high quality of teachers? Is it not part of the mission or direction that any association has? Is there a conflict of interest with whomever, that prevents them from publicaly praising our teachers? Where is that type of advocacy? I’ve asked some people from my association, and no one really has an answer. I’m waiting for the RA in Denver to hopefully find answers to my questions and concerns. Thankfully the word is already out that these types of concerns and issues will be addressed….at the direction of UEA members. That alone is one reason why I continue my affiliation with UEA; it’s the outspoken members that I am proud of. We seem to be the driving force!

    If anyone knows of anything that I could read that discusses this issue, please let me know. I do make it a point to be educated about topics, as much as possible. I look for understanding and information! Having valid information allows me to formulate my own opinion. Unlike my students, I have no problem expressing it.

    Today was our last day of school. As I watched my students join their peers and find their seats on 1 of 6 busses for their one-way 30 minute commute, all I could think about was one particular student of mine. How will he survive the summer emotionally? This student had several emotional break-downs over the year, as he battled with his will and desire to make good choices in his behavior but mentally he was not capable of doing so successfully, without his medication. I spent many times in the hallway with him trying to soothe him while waiting for another adult to come help him. We only have 3 part-time social workers so sometimes it’s an aide,secretary, or principal who has to cover them when they aren’t available. So unfair to this student, and many, many more. Kicking, screaming, crying, hitting the wall, stomping his feet, and sitting on the floor is my student and all I want to do is give him a big hug. But I’m getting edgy myself because the other students are missing out on instruction time which they can’t afford to lose. Tell me I didn’t want to sit on the floor with my student, kicking, crying, and letting off steam. Then, explain again why CCSS is great and will prepare students to be college-career ready, and the latest assessment tool will be so helpful to guide instruction.

    Talk to the hand!!

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  • http://www.greatassemblies.com Dennis

    I do educational school shows for grades K-8. I have talked to many teachers. I met one who is quitting because the standards are, in her opinion, unrealistic and causing behavior problems when students get frustrated.
    I am still with holding opinion, but certainly there are a lot of problems to be worked through.

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  • dana

    This article is absolute garbage. Common Core does not take students with disabilities into account AT ALL. I am expected to teach the Common Core modules at breakneck speed with a scripted program that assumes the students have the prior knowledge to draw from. My 5th graders are so low that they don’t know their 2’s times tables by heart, and I’m supposed to teach them dividing decimals using place markers on a place value chart on ONE DAY? Guess what? Not going to happen. rnrnI love the added bonus of the NEA Resources Tool Kit link at the end being broken. How fitting.

  • Michelle

    Are you serious? Are you sleeping under a rock? Have you NOT been listening to your members? No one supports CC$$, unless you’re the 1%. You have absolutely sold our souls to the devil and as someone already stated, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED!!!!!