Remember No Child Left Behind? It was deemed to be a failure… Yet despite being a failure over all, it did accomplish a small amount of good. It showed us through data the inequality existing across our school system… Some states were better then others over all, but … even in those states were schools whose differences in schools, match those same spread of differences across the country….
The problem with No Child Left Behind was not that it identified those schools which were failing… but that it did absolutely nothing to help them….
New administration: new name: Common Core…
The premise behind Common Core that if we make the tests harder, and the stakes higher, children will suddenly start learning…. is simply plain wrong….
If an athlete can’t make the high jump of 7’6″, raising the bar to 9′ and threatening to fire his coach, is not going to give positive results….
A whole another approach is needed…. Every dollar thrown at this approach is wasted…. Bill Gates can afford to throw his money away. Not many of the rest of us have that luxury….
Such is Common Core and such questions regarding how much money our corporate bought-out leaders are going to spend on actually teaching, are very valid questions they need to answer for the American Public…
Essentially, how much more money are you willing to spend? And if you aren’t willing to spend your money on this problem, how serious of a problem is it then? Really?