Common core is a controversial issue. Since its implementation in forty-five states across the US, many people support it, while a great deal of people stand opposed to it. That includes Idahoans Against Common Core, group of women from East Idaho who, based on their own research, have come to the conclusion that common core isn’t a good idea for public education.
Becky Foster of IACC, explained that, “After hundreds of hours of research, we felt confident enough in what we’d learned to know that we were correct in having concerns about Common Core.”
One of the reasons that IACC is alarmed by initiatives related to common core is data collection, which they feel is intrusive.
Stephanie Gifford of IACC said that, “We no longer send just aggregate data on our students to the state of Idaho, we send personal information on every student and hundreds of data points and parents were never told that this is happening; they were never asked if they’re ok with it. We are left here with just having to be ok with the government tracking our kids.”
This group also feels that Common Core limits a Parents involvement in their child’s education.
“They’re telling us as parents not to be helping our children because we’re gonna teach them the wrong way. Some children learn in a different way than what’s being taught and that’s another problem with the standards,” Foster said.
I wanted a local school district viewpoint on the implementation of Common Core in east Idaho, but I did not receive a response for my request for an interview. Whatever side of the issue that you’re on, Idaho core standards are currently being implemented in the state. As for Idahoans Against Common Core, they say that it all comes down to parents making a decision.
“You have to decide one way or the other, your either ok with this or you’re not and if you’re not, then you have to do something about it because we can’t just sit by and let other people take control of our children’s education, it’s not ok,” Gifford said.