One of the biggest boogeymen in education today is the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Everyone talking about the deteriorating state of education will point to it as the current reason American students are performing so poorly. There are multiple studies showing that everywhere you see “Common Core” adopted, the students are performing worse than ever before.
This boogeyman is a fundamentally misunderstood creature primarily because the most vocal critics who aren’t educators have no idea that the “standards” they so despise are not new, nor were they ever new. The critics who are educators or are administrators in the education system are the ones who oppose change, oppose higher accountability of the teaching profession, and were never properly trained on how to implement the standards in their classroom in the first place.
Citing an opposition to “federally-run curriculum” is an absurd take on CCSS because standards are not curriculum, and the demonization and rejection of standards is what is ultimately hurting our students, not the standards themselves.