(It was supposed to finish with aspirations, but there was not enough room to put all that into the title. Like tight pants, it fits rather well.)
Common Core is in trouble and that is great news for parents and students everywhere. There is a chance that it may die before implementation, sparing all but New York children the ignominy of defeat at the hands of … well, it really all comes down to funding by the Gates Foundation.
1) More than 40 CEOs representing some of the biggest companies in the U.S. sit down Wednesday with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and former governors Jeb Bush and Mitch Daniels at the Business Roundtable’s third quarter meeting.
2) The Business Roundtable is considering a national ad campaign to promote them but the CEOs have yet to decide exactly how to roll that out — or how much they’ll spend..
3) About 10 percent of standardized tests include blocks of flawed questions that cast doubt on the integrity of standardized testing, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation. The “vast majority” of states have experienced testing problems.
4) Presidential candidate Ron Paul’s new book on education is coming out this week. Here is his quote which should rile people up “good”. “When government usurps a parent’s right to control their child’s education, it is inevitable that the child will be taught the values of government officials, rather than of the parents. The result is an education system with a built-in bias toward statism. Over time, government-controlled education can erode the people’s knowledge of, and appreciation for, the benefits of a free society. “
5) As if by serendipity to back up Ron Paul’s assertion, Education Week publishes the following vignettes, including that major corporations today urged their peers in the business community to take up the fight to defend the Common Core State Standards—and warned them to steel themselves for opposition from some quarters, and apathy from others…. Did you catch that “key word”…. “steel”? Things aren’t going well. Here is more…
6) ExxonMobil, paid for a series of nationwide, televised ads promoting the standards. For every 100 emails the company has received in response to the ads, a staggering number of them, about 99, were negative, estimated Patrick McCarthy, the executive director of the ExxonMobil Foundation.
7) ExxonMobil is not backing away, he said. The company has plans to continue to run TV ads promoting the common core, to write op-eds in newspapers supporting it, and to aggressively lobby state legislators not to back away from commitments to the standards, he said
8) Intel, said his company has been discussing the importance of the common core at forums for its employees, with the idea that those workers will become ambassadors for the standards.
9) Surveys of Intel employees showed that roughly 50 percent of them were not familiar with the common core. And a small but substantial portion of those workers appear to be adamantly against them, Contreras said.
10) Cisco Systems is trying to educate its sales force and its business partners about the common core, One of the things they hear does not focus on the standards themselves, but on the tests aligned to them, and the costs of implementing online tests scheduled to begin during the 20140-2015 academic year. Concerns about school districts’ ability to pull off the online tests have grown louder in recent months.
11) This week Tennessee state legislators are expected to hold a hearing focused on criticism of the Common Core standards, Opposition to the standards is creating a “fairly unique push from both ends,” said the Republican governor Bill Haslam. who acknowledged that he and other backers of the standards face “a real battle” in standing up for them.
Synopsis: Common Core is in trouble and the CEO’s were called in to circle the wagons around Arne Duncun…. Most revealing was that 99% of the reaction to some very positive ads, was against implementing the Common Core Standards…. Which means that at the minimum 50% of America’s minds need to be changed before even the barest majority is reached.
I hope every politician is paying attention to those numbers. If you are still on board with Common Core by January 2014 when Delaware’s General Assembly begins, you are in for a rude awakening next November.