States rushed to pass the Common Core Standards before fully understanding what the standards would mean. As more states, communities, and parents have learned what Common Core entails, their concerns about the standard are growing. Specifically, these groups fear the loss of local control in education with the expansion of nationalized standards and federal involvement. Now, many states are reevaluating implementation and/or pushing the pause button.
We’ve argued before that states and communities should be wary of a one-size-fits-all approach to education. This week, conservative analyst and writer George Will argued that Common Core was a direct threat to federalism during a Fox News panel. Here’s a brief excerpt from his remarks: “[Common Core] has been driven by the use of bribes and coercion…sooner or later you will inevitably have a national curriculum that disregards the creativity of federalism.”
Watch the short video below to hear the rest of Will’s comments about local control in education.