Common Core and the Power of Words

A piece scheduled to air on NPR’s Morning Edition today explores how Americans feel about Common Core State Standards through the results of two polls released this week.

Cory Turner looked at two recent polls from trusted institutions. One was a joint effort from Gallup and Phi Delta Kappa, and the other was conducted by Education Next, a journal sponsored by Harvard’s Kennedy school, the Hoover Institution at Stanford and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

Both polls asked about Common Core, and both achieved very different results.


It was how they phrased the question.

It’s an interesting piece about public misconceptions stemming from where respondents get their information about Common Core and the resulting fears. But more so, it’s a fascinating look at the power of words.

Beth Golay

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