Creative Loafing asked me for a few words about the controversy surrounding Common Core this week. Here’s a sample:
Georgia’s curriculum was used as a model for the new standards and the benchmarks were accepted in 2010 with little fanfare. Little would change, so there wasn’t much cause for excitement. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation found that 81 percent of the state’s existing language standards and 90 percent of its math standards were a part of Common Core.
But the opposition toward Common Core has swelled this year as some movement conservatives decided to wage war against the national standards. Glenn Beck appears to have originated the hard right’s stance by labeling Common Core as an indoctrination “with extreme leftist ideology.” The message spread, often through different social media networks, and contained misinformation and incomplete facts rather than objective analysis or critique.
The controversy caught Georgia’s political leadership somewhat off guard. After all, the standards adopted three years ago were based on what they had successfully implemented here. But by the time Gov. Nathan Deal voiced his support, Common Core’s critics didn’t want to hear it.