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.