Those 24 Common Core 2009 Work Group Members

John Young:

Yeah, it was state led…liars, all of them.

Originally posted on @ THE CHALK FACE:

In May 2009 , Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former State Education Superintendent Paul Pastorek signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This CCSS MOU would become “Appendix B” for the US Department of Education’s (USDOE’s) Race to the Top (RTTT) program.

In June 2009, the National Governors Association (NGA), in conjunction with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, announced that 46 states were already signed on for what would become CCSS.

The formal document, the CCSS MOU, outlines in detail the different groups of individuals and what their roles would be in “developing” CCSS.

The document signed by Jindal and Pastorek in May 2009– the CCSS MOU that would become RTTT Appendix B– is the same document I wrote about in this post.

The CCSS MOU makes it clear that the chief decision makers for CCSS were the individuals on the…

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The circus is making sense. #CCSS #netDE #eduDE @nytdavidbrooks @dwablog @ecpaige

Jeff Bryant at Salon knocks it out of the park:



For years, elites in big business, foundations, well-endowed think tanks, and corporate media have conducted a well-financed marketing campaign to impress on the nation’s public schools an agenda of change that includes charter schools, standardized testing, and “new and improved” standards known as the Common Core.

These ideas were sold to us as sure-fire remedies for enormous inequities in a public school system whose performance only appears to be relatively low compared to other countries if you ignore the large percentage of poor kids we have.

But the “education reform” ad campaign never got two important lessons everyone starting out in the advertising business learns: Never make objective claims about your product that can be easily and demonstrably disproven, and never insult your target audience.

For instance, you can make the claim, “this tastes great” because that can’t be proven one way or the other. But when you claim, “your kids will love how this tastes,” and parents say, “my kids think it tastes like crap,” you’re pretty much toast. And you make matters all the worse if you respond, “Well, if you were a good parent you’d tell your kid to eat it anyway.”

Those two lessons seem to be completely lost on advocates behind the menu of education policies currently being force-fed to classroom teachers, parents, and school children across the country. As more Americans take a big bite of the education reform sandwich, more choose to spit it out.

A Heapin’ Helping Of Common Core Propaganda

The latest serving of education reformy slop was served to us in the pages of The New York Times where, first, one of the paper’s All Purpose Pundits David Brooks repeated false claims about the Common Core and denigrated anyone who disagreed with its agenda as being part of a “circus.”

Then the Times published a “news” story that completely ignored any well reasoned criticisms of the Common Core and framed the opposition as mostly a political tactic from rightwing factions of the Republican party.


Many have taken to personal blogs and websites, including Salon, to criticize what Brooks and the Times published.

Education historian and university professor Diane Ravitch wrote at her personal blogsite, “In order to explain a point of view, one must make the effort to hear the voices of critics without caricaturing them. Unfortunately, David Brooks has no idea why anyone would not embrace the Common Core standards.”

In another post, Ravitch blasted the Times report that characterized Common Core opposition as primarily a Republican political issue, noting the paper’s tendency to report on the standards “as though no reasonable person could possibly doubt the claims made on behalf of the Common Core.” She asked, “How can the nation’s ‘newspaper of record’ be so seriously indifferent to or ignorant of the major education issue of our day?”

Louisiana classroom teacher and prolific blogger Mercedes Schneider wrote at her personal site, “Brooks’ opinion is that opponents to CCSS are part of a ‘circus’ … Brooks believes he writes about CCSS from an op/ed perch outside of the Big Top. However, his place is in the ring of the many who support CCSS on the unsubstantiated opinion that CCSS is necessary to American public education.”

Russ Walsh, a retired classroom teacher and reading specialist, took particular offense with Brooks’ statement that “the [new] English standards encourage reading comprehension.” He countered, “As far as the ‘old standards’ go, they varied widely across states, but I have yet to see one that did not address reading comprehension.”

Even some reform enthusiasts had problems with the Brooks column. Writing for Education Week, Frederick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute called the writing “ripped from the talking points of Common Core enthusiasts” and “an object lesson in the vapid triumphalism of Common Core boosters.


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Common Core Prescription Will Not Heal Education

Originally posted on @ THE CHALK FACE:

During my presentations, I make the case that the Common Core Standards are a prescriptive list of content standards, rather than a descriptive framework. The other night, in Santa Fe, one of my more well-known audience members disagreed, based on her opinion.

What’s the difference? And why does it matter?

First of all, let’s consider the idea and definition of prescriptive:

Now, think of all the times you’ve heard people tell us that the Common Core doesn’t tell teachers how to teach.  There are no “exact rules, direction, or instructions” on how to teach the stuff, right?

We’ll get to that.  First, consider an even more important way that the Common Core is prescriptive–the way that it tells students exactly how to do things.  Consider the following third-grade math standards in statistics:

Now, take a step back.  If the standards are this prescriptive about how…

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Five Louisiana “Educators” Want Common Core

Originally posted on @ THE CHALK FACE:

On April 21, 2014, the Baton Rouge  Advocate  ran an article  by Will Sentell entitled,  Educators Renew Support for Common Core and Its Tests.

The first line of the article is comical:

Five educators said Monday morning that they will urge state House and Senate members to support the Common Core academic standards and the controversial tests that go with them. [Emphasis added.]

Since when is this news?

Ahh, but we are in “Stay the Course” mode (read about it in this post and this post).

So, we have a supposed “news” article centered upon five individuals who want the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and its associated test constructed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

Five “educators.”

That reminds me of the “three Louisiana teachers” who “developed” CCSS.

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers (LFT) is comprised of almost 21,000 teachers

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Did Matt Denn get invited to Beau Biden’s June 13th Seminar with Arne Duncan?

Originally posted on Kilroy's delaware:


Beau BidenWe are very pleased to announce that the Beau Biden Spring Seminar special guest will be the Honorable Arne Duncan.

The Seminar is scheduled for Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Arsht Hall. The reception will be from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, and the program will begin at 6:45pm.

We all know there is much discussion these days about the importance of quality education for all of our children, and as the former CEO of the Chicago Public School System, we’re excited for the Honorable Arne Duncan to lead a robust conversation about this critical issue.

If you are not already a 2013 Seminar Member, please reserve your seats for the seminar by going to: If you’re unsure of your status, please contact Jennifer Karakul at

We look forward to seeing you all June 13th and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


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