Professor Sandra Stotsky and Jane Robbins, two leading crusaders against the Common Core, have written an article called Pulling Back the Curtain on Common Core. Professor Stotsky was a member of the validation committee for the Common Core and did not sign off on their quality. She had a front row seat at the sausage making of the standards and reveals the lack of expertise by the people who wrote them.
“What did this Work Group look like? Focusing only on ELA, the make-up of the Work Group was quite astonishing: It included no English professors or high-school English teachers. How could legitimate ELA standards be created without the very two groups of educators who know the most about what students should be and could be learning in secondary English classes?”
No wonder the ELA standards are so difficult to decipher and incoherent, the people who wrote them didn’t teach English. The secret nature of the CC development and lack of evidence behind their quality is the reason many oppose the standards. Arne Duncan and Common Core supporters should plant the white flag and surrender.