Thank you, ed deformers, for dragging public education into the black market alleyways of business tactics.

Another one of these emails in the inbox:


We would love to share with you an article that we just posted on our own blog! “50 Important Links For Common Core Educators” could be a fun way to share this announcement with your readers.


This email was from Jasmine. Jasmine luvs my blog.

On the link to the 50 Links for Common Core Educators, the first few are the basics; CCSSO, National Governors Association, and two for CCSSI. Here’s a sample of the rest:

one of the most affordable and effective options. Free 30 day trial.
Couldn’t find the price listed anywhere.  When the price isn’t listed, you don’t need to ask.

Assess with printed bubble sheet using GradeCam. Scan instantly with ANY computer web/document camera.
Now this is evaluation.

Pearson Education

McGraw Hill

The Common Core Institute:

The organization offers Black Belt certification on Common Core.
Their words not mine.  Even I couldn’t make that up.

Common Core Standards App:

This iPhone application (it is also available for Android) lets teachers keep essential information about Common Core at their fingertips.
911, Husband, Common Core App, Baby Sitter… Yes teachers, it’s that important.

Pearson made the list.  Twice.

This turned out to be a PR on Business Wire from Archipelago Learning. The “research” was done by none other than, Archipelago Learning (ARCL).  So, they did their own research and they found 97% of teachers approve of common core, which, they sell as online courses. 

There’s a core lesson in there, teachers, about what you will have to do to survive in the edubusiness world.

ARCL First Quarter Revenue this year was 19.2 million dollars and has a market cap of almost 300 million dollars. If you are a teacher, perhaps you might contemplate a hedge in the market. That is to say, plan on losing wages, but invest in online learning.

If so, you are too late to invest in ARCL.  They merged with PLATO.  Don’t try to invest in them, either.  They are owned by a four billion dollar private equity firm, Thoma Bravo, LLC which  targets US companies with more than $10 million in annual earnings.

So, back to Jasmine who asked me to post her link.  The link is to onlinecolleges.net .  Enter their search fields that you are looking for a bachelor’s in education and based on student ratings, they recommend private, for-profit Ashford University.

Wikipedia’s entry about Ashford is one riddled with investigations as “having one of the highest withdrawal rates of any publicly traded school in the industry.Ashford has also been faulted for its recruiting and finance practices in a U.S. Department of Education audit.”

Common Core 360, previously listed above, has a blog section where one “supporter” of Common Core asks, “Am I a stupid American for standing on the side of business in this debate (and) for thinking that, in the end, teachers have little to fear from business or business-like tactics in their schools?”

Let me answer your question, Common Core 360 Blogger, with this question: Years from now, when teachers have taught a generation of students to think in the business-like tactics modeled above, and you are old and grey, alone and feeble in a home, will you be afraid when your nurse comes in and her name is Jasmine?


  1. Your article makes me think of the run up to the Iraq war, with the various independent military contractors, such as Halliburton.

    Like then I wonder, with a recession, from whence comes the money for all this “consulting” and publishing, etc., work.


  2. After writing this article, I left a link to it on the Common Core 360 blog site as a response to, should we be frightened by business-like tactics in education. Incredibly, while doing a keyword search, I wound up on this blog again where the blogger has a new article: 50 Important Links for Common Core!

    I reported that the website was a scam. Below is the response:

    “Thanks for your feedback, ahuntingteacher. If it’s a scam, it’s an awfully useful one. These are some of the best Common Core resources on the web, all compiled in a single list. I’ll take it.”

    “If it is a scam…I’ll take it.”

    A statement like that is further evidence that the Common Core is the gateway to which we introduce to public education a market that is only interested in making a profit from its exploitation.


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