First hand account of who wrote CC

June 27, 2013 2 Comments

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.

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  1. Durka says:

    I am an English teacher from another state. This travesty has been pushed on our state as well and it is clear that David Coleman has no idea what he’s doing. He’s never stepped foot in a HS or MS ELA classroom. I’m going to continue teaching the way I want and screw the Common Core.

  2. Shawn Miller says:

    I’m a concerned parent, I have two daughters enrolled in a small Catholic School in southern Indiana. This year we were informed that the school had switched to Common Core Standards. I had heard many negative comments about CC so I have been investigating the standards and best as I can tell there is no standards. This is just awful and i’m trying to figure out why they went this way in the Catholic Schools when they don’t have to. Is there government funding involved? Anyway I have found your web-site very helpful, keep up the good work and let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Also should I be considering pulling my children from this School?

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