By Erin Amsberry
Good news in the fight for quality education came last week as South Carolina became another state opting out of the federal government’s mandated education reform known as Common Core. States across the U.S. are fleeing this system that would impose uniform standards on all public schools in the country all managed by bureaucrats in Washington.
South Carolina’s governor Nikki Haley signed a bill that repealed Common Core standards and instead made requirements for South Carolina individually to consider meaningful reforms that would address the specific problems in their state’s schools. Oklahoma made similar provisions as they opted out of Common Core last week.
Problems with Common Core abound as the top-down system mandates unproven and unnecessary teaching techniques and implements a one-size fits all approach that ignores local input while disregarding community and parental involvement in education reform.
Public education has constitutionally been left to the states but the federal government has attempted to control education through these Common Core standards that come with hidden strings. By signing the bill to repeal Common Core, Governor Haley also rejected the national testing curriculum Smarter Balance based on Common Core.
Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) wrote in a 2013 paper, “Common Core’s one-size-fits-all approach to education ignores problems that state and city governments are more qualified to address than federal bureaucrats thousands of miles away.” Certainly education reform is needed in many states throughout the nation, but these reforms are best handled by local school boards that speak specifically to the waste and internal inequalities within the schools.
May this past week’s win for state’s rights and better education be a precedent for more states as they choose to make mindful and meaningful education reforms instead of allowing a bureaucracy in Washington to tell them how to teach their kids.