State Rep. Darryl Scott (D-Rodel) tells teachers to go fly a kite on evaluation concerns. #netDE #eduDE

Folks, it’s subtle, but Rep. Darryl Scott is quoted in the News Journal article regarding the DSEA letter to legislators here:

Rep. Darryl Scott, D-Dover, who chairs the House Education Committee, said he’s not sure yet what kind of traction DSEA’s letter might find among legislators. Scott acknowledged that teachers have “specific and legitimate concerns” about the evaluations.

“I don’t think we can adequately address this in a year, but I also don’t think an indefinite moratorium is an answer,” Scott said. “I think we need to have all of our stakeholders sit down and work out a definite timeline, and we need to drive towards that timeline and stay on track.”

Scott said the state needs to find a balance that addresses educators’ concerns but continues to push for progress.

So, check out his very measured words: “I think we need to have all of our stakeholders sit down and work out a timeline”

  • who are the stakeholders? Intentionally vague. I’m sure he means Rodel.
  • notice he does NOT say solution to the problem. This is intentional. He does not believe there is a problem.
  • staying on track is the concern, not the flawed evaluation system. He is shining brightly here as Markell’s mouthpiece

The author characterizes Rep. Scott’s overall message to one of finding a balance of teacher’s concerns and a “push for progress”.

  • progress defined as using junk science evaluations and the continued vilification of teachers?
  • address concerns? Nothing about solving/eliminating their concerns.

Why can’t more of our elected officials just support teachers without obfuscating to support an agenda. Senator Townsend seems to get it:

Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, said teachers have faced too much instability when it comes to evaluations, noting the system has been overhauled three times in five years. He believes the state should take as much time as needed to come up with one that will last.

“I haven’t met a teacher yet who doesn’t believe in good evaluations. The issue is, what is the best way to do it?” Townsend said. “What we’ve got right now is this big elegant dance that’s so onerous from a bureaucratic perspective. And if you look at the results, it just has obvious flaws.”

Rep. Scott is in the bag for the Governor and not a friend of our teachers it seems. It just gets clearer on that point, every time he makes a statement or casts a vote. I am anxious to see if the DSEA’s letter turns into meaningful legislative action that takes the form of a bill and not another bullshit task force. I realize this is nowhere near as important as making sure we create slush funds for charter schools with no rules or protecting schools from asking application questions in clear violation of Plyler v Doe. One can always dream though, right?

 

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Common Core Supporters jump the shark.

The test results are in: Knee-jerk supporters of Common Core are NOT smarter than a fifth grader.

The latest bogus example to gin up fake outrage comes from a pro-CCSS website called DelExcels.org  A consortium of Delaware self proclaimed literati, fueled by a PIE grant from its main funders: Bill Gates and Eli Broad, set up the website to divert Delawareans from the truth regarding the Common Core Standards: that they were authored in near total darkness and offer zero peer reviewed evidence in support of their goal: student achievement.

The site presents  voluminous talking points written in a condescending manner with webpage URLs like this one: http://delexcels.org/what-you-need-to-know/ that purport to inform you that you don’t know what you need to, but they do, so pay attention! They also offer the arrogant gem of a video:

  here: http://delexcels.org/what-you-need-to-know/ at he bottom of the page. The video literally compares CCSS to clairvoyant time travel while trotting out lame ed-reformer rhetoric about zip code education. They also directly perpetuate the lie regarding the writing of the CCSS thusly:

The Common Core is a state-led initiative. Hundreds of teachers, education researchers, mathematicians, and other experts across the country collaborated in developing the Common Core, with state governors and state schools chiefs both in leading roles since 2009. Governor Jack Markell co-chaired the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a joint initiative of the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Common Core was developed with unprecedented cooperation between states because the need to better prepare our students for the 21st century has become increasingly evident. With the Common Core, educators across the nation are working together and sharing resources to help ensure our students will be successful after high school.

The NGA and CCSSO joined Achieve Inc.  Are any of those three organizations states? Well, any fifth grader knows the answer to that: those are trade organizations and a private company, not states, not stakeholders, not parents, and not students.

Shhh, don’t look at the naked emperor.

 

CCSS supporters, of course, routinely make claims that  CCSS is necessary, proven, and vetted and levels the playing field for all. I am laughing out loud at the sheer willful idiocy of it all. Check out their own disclaimer, found here, buried in a tiny link at the bottom of their main page: http://www.corestandards.org/public-license/

THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS ARE PROVIDED AS-IS AND WITH ALL FAULTS, AND NGA CENTER/CCSSO MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTIBILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NONINFRINGEMENT, ACCURACY, OR THE PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF ERRORS, WHETHER OR NOT DISCOVERABLE.

I am reminded of Burke::

It is the same idiocy that claims evidence is worthless– or that testing yields better teaching

The worst part is, it just might work.