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Establishment Educators Maintaining Pro-Common Core Position

Dec 31, 2014 by

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?

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  1. Allen Shark

    The reason that no one is giving her an answer is 1) she isn’t worth the time for the most part. Yes, she was at the Evaluation of Common Core. She also went under very misleading bio, most of which I can’t verify, nor it seems can anyone else.

    Sandra Stotsky

    Endowed Chair inTeacher Quality at the University of Arkansas’s Department

    of Education Reform and Chair of the Sadlier Mathematics Advisory Board

    Stotsky has abundant experience in developing and reviewing ELA

    standards.As senior associate commissioner of the Massachusetts

    Department of Education, she helped revise pre–K-12 standards. She

    also served on the 2009 steering committee for NAEP reading and on

    the 2006 National Math Advisory Panel.

    Now, the “Sadlier Mathematics Advisory Board” is verified, but not what you think it is. It is a retail company that sells school supplies. Very often she posts it as Sadlier-Oxford Mathematics” . Her and that other guy James Milgram… real piece of work he is. Either a felon or falsified data to attack another professor. FBI still looking into that … and from what I hear, both of them were asked to leave. I can’t seem to get anyone in Mass to verify that she was anywhere near their standards. Also there is some hushed confusion as to why she left.

    Her questions are pure tripe. She can’t even make up her mind whether the Core is too hard or too soft. And she talks a lot about the damage especailly to the poor minorities and those who are ESL students.

    There.. that answers that.. as to the rest … do your own home work.

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    • Jimmy Kilpatrick

      Interesting chap that sounds more like idiot professor Gruber bragging about Obamacare then a person with any knowledge of ELA or math standards. Slamming the former Math Chair of Stanford says it all. How does it feel be exposed for paid troll you are.

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