Choice Media's Bob Bowdon: Common Core Doesn't Add Up

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 05:30 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Common Core — the initiative to standardize education — does not translate into better students, according to Bob Bowdon, executive director of the education reform news service, Choice Media.

"The Brookings Institution did a study where they looked at the states that had better standards based on the Fordham Institute's rankings and their study showed no correlation between higher standards and better achievement," Bowdon said Friday on Newsmax TV's "The Steve Malzberg Show," guest-hosted by Ben Swann.

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"The point is, a state could vote on these standards, or you could have these educational departments decide on them," said Bowdon, an self-proclaimed "critic" of Common Core.

"An individual teacher closes the door and runs their own classroom and the question is: Will these new standards really change? How good a teacher is at explaining geometry, reading skills, etc.? The evidence is, no," he said.

National education standards are losing the support of skeptical Americans, with 60 percent opposed to the Obama administration-touted Common Core guidelines, fearing they'll hamstring teachers in the classroom, a new survey shows.

The Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll, released Wednesday, found 81 percent of those polled have heard about Common Core, compared with just 38 percent last year.

Yet, 54 percent don't think standardized tests help teachers, and 56 percent say local boards should be the biggest influence in what comprises the teaching curriculum, the poll found.


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