America’s biggest backer of the Common Core, Bill Gates, defended the floundering program on This Week Sunday morning. Gates blamed the program’s failure to launch on “confusion” and “various groups” in some states. Gates said the Common Core isn’t a federal take-over of education, and that the curriculum doesn’t tell teachers how to do their job. But Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, says, “You think the Obamacare implementation is bad? The implementation of Common Core is far worse.”
Widespread teacher rejection of the program, student’s tanking test scores, and angry parents all point toward the program’s failure. Yet Gates blames the Tea Party and says they don’t have the “facts.” He said that the Congress should pass a bill to delineate’s the Core’s functions. Gates also said students are failing the new test standards because the teaching style prior to Common Core was so rudimentary that students are unable to catch up. His solution? Gates says the program needs a “smarter” implementation.
Many states are moving toward scrapping Common Core, including Governor Mike Pence (R., Ind.). Despite the facts, Gates believes “common core is a big win for education.” He believes most states will keep the Core, and that ten years from now American students will feel confident in their math and science performance.
That’s if Common Core exists in ten years.