Common Core and Balanced Pack Leaders Are Not Compatible
From Cesar Milan and Balance.
Are Common Core proponents “unbalanced pack leaders” and dictators? Common Core has been adopted and implemented (more in some places than others) for four years. It was rolled out with little public fanfare or knowledge. Legislators were largely unaware that private organizations financially helped by the US Department of Education had crafted plans that would take away states’ ability to develop/deliver their unique standards and assessments. Legislators were also unaware that the CCSS Initiative includes accountability measures and data mining creating huge unfunded debt for the state and local districts.
“Unbalanced”-leading by intimidation or coercion-is an appropriate adjective for this initiative. Bill Gates and other proponents have had to create yet another PR group to inform the “misguided and misinformed” how the Initiative is good for us. The USDOEd threatens to pull NCLB waivers if CCSS Initiatives are not implemented in the manner the USDOEd thinks is appropriate. The “Mikes” (Michaels Petrilli and Brickman) of Fordham appear on radio interviews, state legislatures and panels telling us how they are really state led, voluntary and how the world will end for state education and students if states are to return to their previous standards. They’ve tasted the initiative cereal offered by American Diploma Project (Fordham was part of standards writing in the 1990s), NGA and CCSSO. They like it! Remember this?
Now think of Life Cereal as being the CCSSI.
I’m not knocking Life Cereal and this was an effective advertising campaign. Advertising agencies are contracted to deliver a service that will help sell a product. However, taxpayers and legislators don’t need advertising and PR campaigns to talk us into education reform that is unbalanced, disingenuous, not well constructed, unconstitutional and untested.
Taxpayers and legislators want “balanced pack leaders” in their local districts to direct and develop educational policies that are tailored for their specific population. We aren’t getting it with the current pack leaders of educational reform: Gates, Fordham, Governors, etc. So what will our response be when we are faced with these unbalanced leaders and their reforms? Milan writes:
I vote to drive the alpha dogs out and find balanced pack leaders: balanced pack leaders do not need intimidation or coercion. They inspire the pack to follow them through calm, assertive energy.
Taxpayers and legislators want “balanced pack leaders” in their local districts to direct and develop educational policies that are tailored for their specific population. We aren’t getting it with the current pack leaders of educational reform: Gates, Arne Duncan, Fordham, Governors, State Educational Agency Leaders, Chambers of Commerce, etc. It’s a dictatorial education reform plan and is not representative government at work. We don’t need nor believe slick advertisements from these individuals/groups when their claims are simply not true. We’ve done our own research and know this is false advertising. Why should we buy this product? Oh, that’s right. We (the taxpayers and legislators) didn’t. Our unbalanced pack leaders (governors, education commissioners, state board of education members) signed us up without even asking us. The other unbalanced pack leaders of the reform then step in and try to talk us into accepting these unconstitutional mandates with no research/data to back up their theories.
What should our response be when we are faced with these unbalanced leaders and their reforms? Milan writes: Dog packs do not have dictators. If the alpha dog in a pack tries to enforce the rules through intimidation and coercion, the other dogs in the pack will kill him or drive him out.
I vote to drive the alpha dogs out and find balanced pack leaders in our local districts and states: balanced pack leaders do not need intimidation or coercion. They inspire the pack to follow them through calm, assertive energy. Enough of these leaders who know little to nothing about actually teaching children and are advertising the Common Core States Standards Initiative for a public buy-in. There is a truth in advertising law from the FTC. Maybe we should contact that Federal Agency for an investigation into the proponents’ CCSSI claims: