A sad little effort:
First, here’s the 411 on the Hunt Institute from their website: http://www.hunt-institute.org/about-us/partners/
Past and Present Funders and Collaborators (here’s and abbreviated list) with funders/enablers of education reform and CCSS writers in BOLD.
- Atlantic Philanthropies
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Burroughs Wellcome Fund
- Carnegie Corporation of New York
- North Carolina General Assembly
- Pumpkin Foundation
- State Farm Companies Foundation
- The Broad Foundation
- The Lumina Foundation for Education
- The Southern Regional Education Board
- Wallace Foundation
- Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
Here’s the video series in all it’s glory, mostly just anecdotal pimp jobs, but absolutely littered with half truths, lies of omission, et. al. The best is the repetitive use of the phrase “College and Career Ready”. They.Will.Not.Stop.Saying.It. (don’t use this a drinking game as you will go to hospital with alcohol poisoning). If all this is true, why did Delaware’s teacher reps, who just met in March, vote UNANIMOUSLY to declare NO CONFIDENCE in Delaware’s implementation of the Common Core “State” Standards???
Ah yes, the tried and true because troops reason (Special Guest appearance by DE State Senator David Sokola at 1:45):
You must admire what big money, slick production can do when set upon the task of polishing this turd of a program. The videos are pablum, as you can tell when done watching them: they are just a beauty pageant with trite platitudes and slogans. Not one person offers evidence, just FEAR. Mostly xenophobia with the focus on international competitiveness concerns born directly out of an intentional misuse of PISA scores.
In conclusion, our Governor has problems here that are more important than making promotional videos to prop up his “under siege” pet program, and the Delaware PTA needs to listen to parents instead of taking big money handouts from corporations. They have lost their way. If I only had a camera phone right now…click!