Establishment Educators Maintaining Pro-Common Core Position
Sandra Stotsky – The beginning of 2015 finds most state commissioners/superintendents of education and members of boards of education maintaining pro-Common Core positions, despite mounting anger by parents from coast to coast, huge increases in home schooling, growing rebellion by teachers, and rising skepticism by others that the silver bullet to upgrade American public education was successfully manufactured in Washington, D.C. in 2010. Why are state boards and commissioners of education trying so hard today to deceive the parents and other citizens in their states?
This will be the most puzzling question needing to be answered when future historians try to write the whole sorry history of Common Core’s under-the-radar-adoption, abrupt implementation from 2011 on, and sudden demise in 2015-2016. It isn’t possible for all state board members and commissioners/superintendents in 2010 to have been bought off by private interests. What motivates them to this day to stick with the most damaging educational policies that could have been imagined for K-12, whether or not they were in office in 2010 and voted to adopt Common Core’s standards and the tests based on them?
I’ve tried to pose all the relevant questions in pursuit of a satisfactory answer. What have I missed?
1. Do they really believe what they have been told by Common Core’s developers, promoters, and the media, who seem incapable of skeptical thinking—to the effect that Common Core’s standards are “rigorous” and “level the playing field”?
2. Do they not have any friends in science or engineering who can verify what is missing or delayed in Common Core’s math standards even if they don’t want to believe mathematician James Milgram of Stanford or mathematician Marina Ratner of Berkeley?
3. What keeps state board members today from using common sense to reverse the thoughtless decision made in 2010? Just saving face?
4. Do they not care what damage they inflict on the schools of this country so long as they save face?
5. Do they really believe lower standards will help low-achieving Hispanics and African Americans to close the demographic “gaps”?
6. Do they really believe the opposition to Common Core’s standards and tests is chiefly Tea Partiers or “right-wing” parents?
7. How would they distinguish “right-wing” parents from “left-wing” parents, or “conservative” parents from “liberal” parents?
8. What else?