Yesterday Diane Ravitch said,
I have come to the conclusion that the Common Core standards effort is fundamentally flawed by the process with which they have been foisted upon the nation.
The Common Core standards have been adopted in 46 states and the District of Columbia without any field test. They are being imposed on the children of this nation despite the fact that no one has any idea how they will affect students, teachers, or schools. We are a nation of guinea pigs, almost all trying an unknown new program at the same time.
Later Diane posted a letter from NY principal Carol Burris. Carol said,
I am coming to the same conclusion regarding the CCSS despite the fact that I have advocated college readiness for students during my entire professional career. The CCSS, as they are being implemented, are not about college readiness for all–they are about a testing system that will sort students into different pathways.
Then Diane posted a letter from Julie Gorlewski. Julie said,
The common core materialized as a tool of the political elite and the private sector. The common core was neither sought nor developed by educators or those who care about students or the future of the common good. The common core is meant for political gain and economic profit. This matters because the origin of a movement affects its implementation. Despite elevated rhetoric surrounding the common core, its underlying assumptions about what counts as knowledge, literacy, and culture will exacerbate – not ameliorate – inequality.
And today in my email I received,
I have a few questions someone has to ask:
If EdWeek is a proud supporter of the Common Core why do any of us support EdWeek?
As I have pointed out quite regularly, EdWeek’s “news” stories are typically reprinted press releases from the “faith-based reformers” or purely propaganda for the purveyors of the Common Core. It seems to me that if you really want education news and analysis that there are more than enough independent bloggers and blog sites (such as @the chalkface) to satisfy any need to know what is really going on in education. Why go to EdWeek? Why support a publication that actively takes money from the “faith based reformers” pushing the unproven Common Core?
An what about the amazing line up of EdWeek bloggers fighting “faith based reforms and reformers?” Is it time…?
Is it time for all of us to “stop kneeling at the altar” of EdWeek?
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