Note to Common Core Architects: ‘Cry Me a River’
We are celebrating the New Year by cutting through the lies of Common Core with a rebuttal of the NPR puff piece on Jason Zimba, considered the math architect of the standards. Here’s an excerpt from the NPR (which has accepted money from the Gates Foundation to report on educational matters) article: The Man Behind Common Core Math:
Zimba was an obscure physics professor at Bennington, an elite liberal arts college in Vermont. He wrote a quirky math and parenting blog with posts about complex physics problems, his kids, and the occasional political issue, including a 2011 post titled, “Numbers Don’t Lie (but Michele Bachmann Does).”
He was chosen for a Rhodes scholarship to England’s Oxford University in 1991. At Oxford, he befriended a Yale student from Manhattan, David Coleman. Coleman went on to become a consultant for McKinsey, the global consulting firm. Zimba returned to Detroit to do stints of factory work to help support his family, but eventually he headed to the prestigious math department at the University of California, Berkeley for a Ph.D. in mathematical physics. In 1999 he reconnected with Coleman, who had an idea for starting an education business.
At first, they considered going into educational video games, but they scrapped the idea in favor of an even bigger educational trend: standardized testing. The No Child Left Behind Act was still around the corner, but a growing education reform movement, which insisted that holding schools more accountable for student test scores would increase performance, had already pushed many states to expand standardized testing.
Coleman and Zimba’s business, the Grow Network, found a niche in the burgeoning field of testing by producing reports that helped schools, teachers, parents and even students themselves interpret results from the new exams. “To design a successful assessment report, you need to be thoughtful about what the teacher really needs, what the student really needs,” Coleman says.
And just who decided what ‘all’ teachers/students need? Why that would be David Coleman and Jason Zimba! Now wouldn’t you think NPR would just somehow think there just might be a connection between the need for even more standardized testing, the data tracking and the Common Core States Standard Initiative? This is a dream come true. The private industry can just step into the framework it has designed to make its fortune from the taxpayers.
An educator (unnamed for fear of retribution) who has seen education reform come and go and is unimpressed with the Common Core Theory writes:
For fun this New Year’s Day, watch Emotional Rescue by the Rolling Stones. Sorry we won’t come to the CCSSI’s rescue. Not interested.
Published January 1, 2015