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Common Core: What a Difference a Year Makes

It’s called “selective memory.”

When the Connecticut Education Association gathered in Hartford Wednesday to share the results of a survey they said shows that educators are against Common Core, they forgot to mention a poll conducted by the National Education Association (NEA) showing the exact opposite results.

At the time — way, way back in 2013 — NEA President Dennis Van Roekel spoke eloquently about how strongly his union’s members were in favor of the Common Core.

“Our members support the Common Core Standards because they are the right thing to do for our children,” Van Roekel said.

The NEA, by the way, is “the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators” and retired educators, according to the organization’s website.

That NEA survey showed 75 percent of teachers in favor of Common Core, but it wasn’t just the NEA. The other big national teachers’ union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), also did a study that concluded three-quarters of the nation’s teachers support Common Core.

At the time — way, way back in 2013 — AFT President Randi Weingarten spoke eloquently about how strongly her union’s members were in favor of the Common Core.

“The Common Core standards are crucial to preparing our children for college, career and life,” Weingarten said. “The last thing we need is for teachers and the public to lose confidence in something that can actually transform teaching and learning.”

What happened over the course of the last six months? Did the opinions of all those teachers change so dramatically? Did the entirety of the teaching profession do a complete about-face and change their minds?

Oh, wait, this is about implementation of the standards. Riiiiiiight.

But, um, what about the Scholastic survey that showed 73 percent of math, English, science and social studies teachers in Connecticut to be enthusiastic about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in their classroom?

Did we forget about that one, too?

Let’s hope the mainstream media doesn’t get a bad case of selective memory when they report the farce the local union is perpetrating on the people of Connecticut.

Doubtful, but we can always hope.



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