Yesterday the New York Times had an article stating that
Probably bouncing off the deprecating assumption often made by Markell and Murphy here in the First State, that it is only crackpots supporting a Constitutional Sheriff who object to Common Core because of its unconstitutionality.
Nothing could be further from reality. The people objecting to Common Core, are those who see its effects up close and first hand. Parents, Teachers, Principals. Some are Conservative. And some are Liberals. But all work with our children. All see Common Core hurting kids……
The Times piece naturally focuses on New York. Because ironically New York was one of the first huge cheerleaders for Common Core. For that state to pivot, means Common Core must be really, really, really, really, really bad.
That is the underlying gigantic problem pushing Common Core outrage. Angry parents screamed a New York’s Commissioner of Education over the failures of Common Core, so much, he canceled all future meetings with parents…
- Both New York Political parties now want to rethink Common Core.
- The statewide teachers union withdrew its support for Common Core until corrections were made.
- Even the governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, has become a critic.
- Teachers said they had not been fully trained in the new curriculums.
- Last year teachers had not received new textbooks and teaching materials; this year many still did not have them in the fall.
- In Albany, leaders of both houses of the Legislature called this month for a two-year moratorium on the use of Common Core test scores in teacher evaluations
- The state teachers’ union has asked for a three-year pause.
- The state Board of Regents, which oversees education policy and is appointed by the Legislature, has already voted to delay by five years the date by which all high school graduates must pass Common Core-aligned Regents exams.
- Of course, Arne Duncan, the federal education secretary, declined to comment on what was happening in New York.
It makes Delaware look like it is sticking its head in the sand. One in this state is reminded by looking at our legislators and administration, of those Denver cheerleaders in this year’s Super Bowl during the 4th quarter. Rah, rah, Common Core; win, team, win. Already Georgia and Oklahoma have backed out of the consortiums creating the Common Core tests.
It is one thing to be sold on a brand new car while it is on a used car lot. It is totally different to have it die the first time anyone steps full throttle during its first test drive on the highway. Time to get our money back….