We Won’t Be Fooled Again?
We were liberated from the fold, that’s all
And the world looks just the same
And history ain’t changed
‘Cause the banners, they are flown in the next war
– Won’t Be Fooled Again, The Who
Dr. Sandra Stotsky, long time staunch opponent of Common Core, has written a new article for NewBostonPost warning parents that they are being deceived – yet again. Though the failure of Common Core Standards to deliver the superior education they promised has been well documented at this point, the entities who have supported the standards, including the USED and Gates Foundation, have not given up the mission. Instead they are pushing the false narrative that the problem lies in the tests, not the standards.
Lots of us saw this coming since there is money to be made in the testing. And in a wonderful feedback loop, testing drives curriculum and support materials which keep the testing relevant. Changes in one always lead to changes in the other and the cash register never stops ringing.
What Dr. Stotsky notes most significantly is that all the revelations of the standards’ failure have not generated a public clamor for improved standards which you would expect when a product is shown to fail to meet its advertised claims.
“Not one major foundation has advocated that Common Core’s materials and approach be replaced with more effective materials and approaches despite the failure of Common Core. Neither has any decision maker for the U.S. Department of Education. Neither has a single National Assessment of Educational Progress educator.”
What should we be asking for? I won’t steal her thunder but will instead drive you to her site to read more about the deception they would like parents to buy instead.
By Sandra Stotsky | May 31, 2020, 16:07 EDT
Perhaps, after seeing what passes for curriculum these days during the lock down, and with this new deception looming on the horizon, parents will be giving even more serious consideration to homeschooling this fall.