It was supposed to save the American education system and even the playing field for minority students with its promises of consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade. Several Latino advocacy groups gave the government-led program high marks, and the National Council of La Raza stated Common Core “is crucial to improving education for Hispanic students.”
Many states, now more than a year into Common Core implementation, have discovered the standards and its accompanying curriculum are not what they were promised. When parents began complaining earlier this school year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan dismissed them as “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.”
It’s more than white suburban moms. The opponents include parents and educators from all ethnicities. Their complaints have reached state governments’ ears, and this year, more than 100 bills have been introduced in state legislatures to slow, stop or reverse Common Core requirements.