When Common Core supporters call Common Core opponents "enemies", I think, hmmm.
This appeared in a NY Times op-ed (that I thought was fairly pedantic) and Ready Washington, a mystery public/private WA state cheerleading group for Common Core, retweeted the link as though it's a good thing to divide people who want a transparent discussion about Common Core. And really, the op-ed isn't even really about Common Core.
Speaking of Ready Washington, they say at their Facebook page that the discussion has to be "fact-based." Okay, but who decides what is factual? Because at their webpage, they have a big whopper in their FAQs on Common Core:
Who developed the Common Core ?
The Common Core was created by states, for states.
Uh, no, that's not true. Here's what true (and this comes from numerous sources including U.S News&World Report and Wikipedia).
Common Core standards were created by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers and a non-profit education reform group called Achieve. The NGO is - by their own words - "a public policy organization" and they are a non-profit. They do not have public meetings. CCSSO is also a non-profit with corporate partners like ETS, InBloom, Microsoft and Pearson.
If "states" had created them, then how are the standards copyrighted by NGA and CCSSO? State departments of education have to have a license to use the standards.
Was there input from many people in many states? Sure, but state-created? No.
I'm fine if OSPI is working with groups like Stand and LEV and PTA to push Common Core (not to mention Microsoft and the Alliance and Washington Roundtable) but yes, once you involve public (read: taxpayer-funded entities), the cheerleading has to be truthful AND factual.
Let Stand and LEV tell their tales but OSPI needs to be on the straight and narrow.
When Director Blanford seems to have to ask an awful lot of questions at a Board committee meeting, causing it to come to a standstill, I think, "Does no one give new directors an informational book before they get on committees?" I say this out of frustration because when directors are supposed to oversee massive capital spending and yet do not know the basics of building (and don't know the right questions to ask), it's hard to fathom how anyone can say there is oversight. At least he's honest about what he doesn't know (and it's a lot).
When the Alliance says, several times at this morning's annual breakfast, that they are involved in education "causes" (rather than education). Hmmm.
Indiana has pulled out of Common Core. Will their own standards be Common Core-lite?
This follows the "rebranding" of Common Core by several states like Arizona (Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards), Iowa (the Iowa Core), and Florida (Next Generation Sunshine State Standards - very cheery). Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas said, "rebrand it, refocus it, but don't retreat."
Or redirect. Hmmm.