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While looking for graduation cards this week, I came across one that illustrates Common Core assessment questions.  It has the wording and the graphics illustrating CCSS questions, unconnected inferences, and ‘show your work’ to determine ‘understanding’.   From Hallmark cards:


graduation riddle


The inside message asks aren’t you glad this question wasn’t on the finals?  The sad truth is, such a convoluted and prespoterous question probably is on SBAC/PARCC assessments.   And Hallmark is right.  Such a question is a riddle.  It’s also a CCSSI riddle on why students are mandated (and even threatened if opting out) to take Common Core assessments  that aren’t validated  and students are being used as unpaid product developers for private non-governmental organizations.

While sorting out the riddle of the crafting/implementation of Common Core State Standards Initiative, think of the language used by the choice architects to push the narrative of why America so desperately needs private organizations directing public education with no accountability necessary or possible.  These choice architects attempt to use enigma and conundra.  There arguments contain anything but research and data on the effectiveness (and legality) of CCSSI.

Think of eggs, grasshoppers with wooden legs and dill pickles next time you read a pro Common Core article.  A ‘chicken and a half’ and an ‘egg and a half’ makes as much sense as making students globally competitive for 21st century jobs that we can’t envision.  Does the push for increased STEM have more to do with expanding H-1B visas for foreign students than it does for educating American students for jobs that don’t exist or are given to foreign workers for less money?

The questionnaire construction used by Hallmark is probably comparable to those on CCSS assessments and it’s also the type of argument in favor of the CCSSI.  It’s nonsensical and should be treated as such.


The riddle graphic may be found here.





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