“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.”—Mary McLeod Bethune
The National Urban League released a new survey last week that shows overwhelming support from one of the most important, but rarely heard voices in the roiling and often distorted debate over Common Core State Standards—African-American parents. Our survey of 1,600 African-American public school parents found that 60 percent of respondents have a favorable impression of the new Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math that have now been adopted by 43 states and the District of Columbia.
Sixty-eight percent of surveyed parents believe that Common Core will improve student achievement, and 66 percent believe it will better prepare their children for college or the workforce. The survey also shows that a majority of parents believe what the National Urban League believes as well—that Common Core standards offer great potential for transformative educational excellence, but only if parents are actively engaged, teachers are adequately trained and resources for schools and students are equitably disbursed.