Q: What’s the difference between A-Rod and the Columbus Dispatch?
A: The Dispatch never did anything to enhance its performance.
(Thanks Warner Todd!)
A few highlights:
The effort to keep “Common Core” out of Ohio’s schools hasn’t suddenly appeared.
That’s certainly what one would think if he relied solely on Catherine Candisky’s Aug. 1 story in the Columbus Dispatch about a bill in the Ohio Legislature to repeal it.
…The organized Buckeye State backlash against Common Core has been brewing for more than a year, has grown dramatically this year and is part of a growing nationwide movement.
“Common Core” arose out of the ashes of the failures of self-described progressive “reformers” to sell the American people on “outcome-based education” and “Goals 2000,” two late-century attempts to impose comprehensive national control of standards, curricula and testing.
…The Buckeye State Common Core repeal bill sponsored by Rep. Andrew Thompson, R-Marietta, would also, in Candisky’s words, “prohibit the state Board of Education from using assessments based on the standards and outlaw any state entity that deals with education from collecting data on students except for limited administrative purposes.”
That quote alone shows that there’s clearly a lot more to Common Core than just “curriculum guidelines” — just demonstrated to be far less than acceptably rigorous — that Candisky mentioned in her introduction.
Please read the entire piece here where Tom continues to skillfully render the other myths moot. Thanks, Tom!