Bruno: Teacher Survey Shows Reform Middle Ground
June's survey on teacher attitudes toward the Common Core provides a nice illustration of why reform critics shouldn't blithely dismiss the opinions of the professional peers with whom they disagree. The survey found large numbers of teachers admitting to scandalously reformy thoughts:
- 68% have at least a somewhat favorable view of the CCSS.
- The more teachers say the know about the CCSS, the more they support them.
- 64% of teachers support implementing common assessments (!) based on the CCSS.
Personally, I'm a bit of a skeptic about the CCSS and think educators are overestimating the rigor and clarity of their content. Nevertheless, not only is it not credible that all of these teachers are suffering from some sort of psychological disorder, it's also unlikely that ad hominem dismissals of their opinions are a good persuasive tactic. Moreoever, survey results like these strongly suggest that reform critics are often greatly underestimating the extent to which other educators may disagree with them. So while it's true that teacher respondents were fairly opposed to using CCSS assessments for accountability purposes, they were still supportive of implementation to a degree I don't think I've ever seen a reform critic acknowledge. This omission is especially striking among reform critics who claim to be speaking "for teachers".