Monday, November 4, 2013

Did Common Core Consider the Source?


Proponents of the Common Core State Standards are on the offensive lately. Parents are fed up at the prospect of more testing, states are choosing to withdraw from Common Core (we're guessing that's not the kind of choice Arne Duncan means), and teachers are up and quitting because of it.

The outcry over Common Core might explain Common Core: Consider the Source--the sensible sibling to the other Common Core website--that aims to tell the long journey dedicated professionals made in creating Common Core. Consider the Source details the dizzying path to excellence we'll soon be traveling. Incidentally, it also pedals educational platform$ and tool$ to implement the Common Core.

Then there are the Common Core trustees. Two of whom are familiar to our readers: BBB and Juan Rangel. We're confused. Trustee implies one who is in a position of trust. Yet, BBB is at the helm of Chicago Public Schools. CPS and trust do not go together. For example, just a week ago, CPS decided to wreak havoc at Ames Elementary. After that handiworkstudents, parents, and the city were left to guess if this school was: a) having another school move in, b) closing, or c) both. The right answer, of course, is none of the above. A recap: first, another was school moving in, then it wasn't, and now Ames is being renamed and rebranded as a military school. That's decision making you can believe in. Then there's Juan Rangel, head of UNO Charter schools, whose mini-empire is currently in the crosshairs of an SEC investigation. All manner of federal investigations are the sound leadership we've come to know and love.

With Common Core's emphasis on going to the source, critical thinking and higher standards, we can't figure out how these two knuckleheads were entrusted with anything.

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