The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to oppose the Common Core standards:
The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to oppose the Common Core Standards, a rigorous set of educational benchmarks implemented by Illinois law and in many other states.
The union announced its House of Delegates voted Wednesday to urge the city’s teachers to join the “growing national opposition to the Common Core State Standards, saying the assessments disrupt student learning and consume tremendous amounts of time and resources for test preparation and administration,” according to a new release.
If you haven’t been following the controversy, the “Common Core standards” are a set of K-12 educational standards for what kids should know about English and math at the end of each grade level. It has attracted both support and opposition. It’s been a bête noire of conservative talk show hosts for some time but more recently it has attracted opposition across a much broader spectrum of opinion. Most states have officially accepted the Common Core. Texas and Virginia, notably, have not and Indiana has formally withdrawn from them.
To my untutored eye it would appear that governors, textbook publishers, and E-school professors are the natural constituencies for the Common Core while school boards and teachers are their natural enemies since they intentionally remove discretion and consequent power from both groups.
Several reasons have been proposed for the influential CTU’s move. Not the least is that the CTU has suffered a number of setbacks over the last year and its members may simply be angry and oppositional.