Intelligence Squared Common Core Debate

Spirited Common Core debates continue to unfurl as the national academic benchmarks, in reading and math, begin their formal implementation process across more than 40 states.

In the recent Intelligence Squared U.S. debate—”Embrace the Common Core“—we witnessed four experts debate the value of the Common Core. The debate’s timing couldn’t be better since there is a dire need for more intellectual insights on the Core following Education Next’s survey and the combined PDK/Gallup Poll.

The Great Common Core Debate Interactive Infographic 

Below is our interactive infographic showing support for the Core ranging from teachers to the public (and everyone in-between).

*To view the details of this infographic, click on the image to expand—then move over each graph and image for details. 

Support for the Common Core

The recent poll and survey data demonstrates a clear decline in support for the educational standards. Yet the results are drastically different:

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Support for the Core is 53% based on the following question:

“As you may know, in the last few years states have been deciding whether or not to use the Common Core, which are standards for reading and math that are the same across the states. In the states that have these standards, they will be used to hold public schools accountable for their performance. Do you support or oppose the use of the Common Core standards in your state?”

*Teacher support for the Core went from 76% to 46% from 2013 to 2014. 


Support for the Core is 33% based on the following question: 

“Do you favor or oppose having the teachers in your community use the Common Core State Standards to guide what they teach?”

Intelligence Squared: “Embrace the Common Core”

If you’re still eager to learn more about the Core, to make an informed decision, spend some time watching this Oxford-styled debate. 

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