NPR has been getting dollars (a la the Seattle Times) for education reporting from the Gates Foundation. And boy, does it show in their Common Core reporting.
First, their FAQs on Common Core read a lot like what comes from Gates. Two, they even have one FAQ "fact" wrong which is that Oklahoma has a bill going thru its Legislature to walk away from CC. The fact is that the bill passed both houses of their Legislature and has been sitting on their Governor's desk for about a week. (She has the choice to sign it into law, wait until the time period to sign runs out and it automatically becomes law or veto it.)
This morning they had a piece on how most states are nowhere near ready for CC because the curriculum (books and teaching materials) are not ready. (This is true but that's certainly not the only implementation problem.
What I find troubling is the subtle insertion of editorializing in these pieces. I'm not sure I even mind the skewing of the pieces to support CC but I do mind when a reporter states a "fact" without any back up.
"This isn't about the standards. It's about how they've been implemented."
That's what the reporter, Cory Turner, said. If he had done any homework, he would have mentioned that there are huge concerns over BOTH the standards and their implementation. So there's that "it's a done deal" talk and it's really about implementation.
"They aren't federal. Washington's not on the hook here. States are."
He's either being naive or disingenuous. No, these are not "federal" standards but woe to the state
who turns them down as Arne Duncan has used a heavy funding stick to get
states to sign on via Race to the Top and other funding.
"Governors signed on — Democrats and Republicans alike — because they saw
something necessary and ambitious. And implementing ambitious is never
He said this with NO citation. How does he know this is what all the governors who signed on think? If you don't cite a source, then it's your opinion.
And the comments (seemingly mostly from teachers) are interesting reading.