Tennesseans Say ‘No’ To The Common Core Standards Initiative

Tennessee has become the latest state to have its citizens band together and say ‘no’ to the Common Core Standards Initiative.  In a poll conducted by Vanderbilt University, 46 percent of respondents were opposed to the Common Core, with 38 percent supporting the federal program.  Republican state Senators acted in mid-November and filed legislation that would repeal the Common Core Standards Initiative in Tennessee.


Tennesseans not only are opposed to the test, they pretty much are opposed to the words “Common Core”.  It seems that the failure of the Common Core Standards Initiative has created a negative association of the very phrase in the minds of voters;

Common Core remains a highly charged educational issue: Only 38 percent support the measure, while 46 percent of those polled oppose it.

But Joshua D. Clinton, also a co-director of the Vanderbilt center, notes the ire for the name Common Core versus the concept of education standards is similar to the disconnect with the Affordable Care Act and the term Obamacare.

“If you say ‘Common Core,’ people’s reaction, very particularly among Republicans and independents, is to oppose that,” Clinton said. “When you talk about ‘national standards,’ you get a very different response.”

Disgust with the Common Core Standards Initiative in Tennessee is evident online as there is a website, tnacc.net, and even a popuar Facebook page with several thousand followers.  The Volunteer State isn’t the only one making headlines recently, Pennsylvania, and Mississippi have also garnered national attention as its voters have fought back against the program.

Here at Take Back Your Classrooms, we are going to give people a nonpartisan perspective on this educational  crisis, and hopefully a way out.  If enough of us make noise, at the right time, to the right people, then I believe that we can force our lawmakers to remove this cancer from our children’s lives.  Join us, and let’s take back our classrooms!


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