State school systems rethink Common Core standards
For critics, Virginia has had the right idea all along. Conservative pundits such as Glenn Beck criticize the standards as a backdoor way for the federal government to take over education â€” a notion that Common Core supporters vehemently dispute.
Some forces from the left â€” most notably, teachers unions â€” also are calling for caution. In a speech last week, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten reiterated her support for the standards but said it is unfair to tie high-stakes tests to those standards until teachers and school administrators have had time to truly understand and implement them.
â€śWe arenâ€™t saying teachers shouldnâ€™t be evaluated. We are not saying that there shouldnâ€™t be standardized tests. Weâ€™re talking about a moratorium on consequences in these transitional yearsâ€ť as Common Core is put into place, Ms. Weingarten said....
In some ways it asks should state governments be bribed into doing something. It should be noted they are being bribed all the time by the Federal government, and many times state governments, run by Republicans, don't complain.