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4 Quotes From Parents Who Praise Common Core

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 09:10 AM

The educational standards set by Common Core have been wildly vilified and praised in the media, and many parents have sat in the middle of the controversy, unsure exactly how their children will be affected.

A September 2014 Gallup Poll found that public school parents are pretty evenly divided on their opinions about Common Core — 33 percent view them positively, 35 percent view them negatively, and 32 percent have no opinion or don't know enough to say.

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That attitude has shifted slightly; in April 2014, 35 percent of parents were positive in their views, while 28 percent were negative.

For parents, much of the negativity regarding Common Core appears to come from confusing math problems and too much data being collected about students. But after seeing Common Core educational approaches working in their children's classrooms, there are parents (and even a grandparent) who support the standards.

Here are the positive opinions from four of them:

1. "We do not see any (yet!) struggle or stress on Shrey specifically in the context of Common Core. Any student who is taught to ask 'why' should be just fine," Nishit Vasavada, of Fremont, California told New America Media.

2. Jayne Ellspermann, principal of West Port High School in Ocala, Florida, asked her twin grandsons to explain a complex math standard to her.

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"My grandsons' sheer joy of sharing what they learned and the patience they displayed when they explained this complex standard to me demonstrated, to draw on the work of Carol Dweck, a growth mindset. Their learning of the standard had been presented as an opportunity and a challenge, not a mandate with a fixed outcome. They saw it as a building block (literally) of their education," as reported by The Washington Post.

3. "I think it's actually very destructive in a deep way to signal to kids that a test is hard or scary or that they can't do it. I feel like my job is to cheer them on. I'm not going to remove every obstacle. Tests are part of the deal," said Amy Briggs regarding the decision many parents have made to withdraw their kids from Common Core testing, according to Market Place.

4. "Yes, I am one of those parents that do want the best for my children. The very principle behind Common Core standards was for states to agree to implement higher expectations for every student. If implemented properly, tests should no longer be focused on basic 'drill and skill' or 'rogue memorization' alone — like cramming for a test as so many of us did in our childhoods. Instead questions blend several skills into each question. That emphasizes the need for better critical thinking skills — likely one of the most important and least emphasized skill – younger people need to be successful in the work force. Otherwise we are left with automatons incapable of thinking for themselves." – Elliott Levine, in K-12 Blueprint.

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