I keep hearing people blasting Common Core. I recently read through the learning outcomes for Common Core, and I think I figured out what is fueling the objection. Common Core is intellectually solid. It contains learning outcomes that would be desirable even for college students. Anti-intellectualism is on the rise in the US, with large numbers of people eschewing ideas that are evidence-based or reason-based. Since common core embraces an evidence/reason-based approach to thinking and learning, it is routinely dismissed by the ever-growing number of Americans who don’t want to be troubled about whether something is true or can be demonstrated.
http://dailycampus.com/stories/2016/2/24/university-reexamining-general-education-requirements University of Connecticut
Amid concerns that requirements may not mean much to students or professors, Harvard and Duke Universities both look to curricular changes to improve undergraduate education.
Harvard students can now take as many as half of their gen eds pass-fail. http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2016/3/2/new-gen-ed-approved/