Anthony Cody: Is Common Core a Fiasco?

Diane Ravitch's blog

Another insightful essay about Common Core by Anthony Cody. His earlier essay–10 Reasons to Oppose Common Core–was widely reposted and tweeted.

This is how a fiasco begins, he writes:

“The fiasco begins with a grand idea, planned with a bold vision. People set their sights on a goal beyond any they have ever achieved before. They look at failed efforts of the past, attempted by lesser beings, and decide that nobody before was as smart or capable, or felt the urgency they possess. The fiasco thus begins with high hopes and bold projections. But things do not go as planned.”

But they never do go as planned, and utopian hopes eventually come back to earth as the bold vision flounders, and people lose faith. He compares Common Core to a poorly done production of “Peter Pan,” where the audience is urged to believe in the impossible.

Cody writes,

“But the…

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News Journal Editorial Board, in the tank for the DOE and shaming parents too.

Every time I think there’s a low point, they just go lower:–Know-what-to-ask-before-school-closes?nclick_check=1


Kudos to the state Department of Education for its ability to quickly pull together an informational session to aid Reach Academy for Girls students, who face closure of their school come June.The Dec. 11 event will symbolize for the second time the unfortunate failure of the state’s first charter school devoted to the academic achievement of girls. Fortunately it is being held early enough for the parents and their daughters to apply to attend other charter schools or Delaware’s traditional mixed-gender public schools through the School Choice program.


Keep reading to see the News Journal bow at the foot of DCAS and blame parents and DOE for not A) paying attention and B) not taking advantages of the “efficiency” of state testing.