Kimberly Hefling of Politico writes about how Common Core is here to stay. She points out that despite the loud push back from inside the GOP and teachers’ unions (an unlikely alliance, yes), any typical third grader in America will tell you that Common Core is what they’re doing in school. Over Forty million students in more than half the states are currently in classrooms that have been guided by Common Core for a few years now and in the states where they’ve backed out of using Common Core, the “new” set of standards are 95% the same as the Common Core.
Jayne Ellspermann, the principal at West Port High School in Ocala, Fla., said teachers in her school are already seeing an improvement in the writing and analysis abilities of students who have been learning under the standards for about five years. Her own grandson benefited as a first grader, she said, when he wrote a Thanksgiving report about why he wouldn’t want to sail on the Mayflower. He built his argument on stories the class read that described rotten food and abysmal sanitary facilities. Before Common Core, she said, he likely would have just memorized the date the ship sailed and made a hat.