“We Don’t Need Last Minute Change”

Stop me if you’ve heard this line recently:

“They do not need a last-minute change. They do not need chaos in the classroom.”

Sounds like the NC Chamber of Commerce or perhaps Senator Stein or Rep. Brandon complaining about dropping the Common Core? Maybe Dr. Atkinson?

It’s none of them, although any one of them has said something similar in the last few weeks. No, this quote comes from Louisiana’s state superintendent.  Here’s the source, Mercedes Schneider’s blog:

Governor Bobby Jindal is apparently trying to muster up the courage to remove Louisiana from the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and associated Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) assessments that he signed Louisiana on for in the first place.

Of course, Jindal has changed his position due to his national political ambitions.

Jindal is under pressure from Louisiana businesses to Keep the Core.

He is also at odds with Louisiana State Board of Education (BESE) President Chas Roemer and Jindal’s own appointee for state superintendent, John White.

These two are willing to stand against Jindal in support of CCSS and PARCC. As Susan Berry of Breitbart reports:

Both state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education president Chas Roemer and State Superintendent of Education John White are ardent supporters of the Common Core standards, which are due to take full effect in the 2014-2015 school year.

Regarding Jindal, Roemer said, “He challenged the legislature, and the legislature didn’t agree with him. Our children deserve better than a Plan B.”

Similarly, White said Common Core has been in the planning stage for teachers and students for four years.

“They do not need a last-minute change,” White wrote“They do not need chaos in the classroom.” [Emphasis added.]

My, My. How the pro-Core talking points do spread from state to state almost instantaneously. It’s just more shutuppery.

“Last minute change”? 
You mean like how the Common Core was dumped on NC teachers and students with no warning in 2011?  Teachers were literally told a month or so before school started for the new calendar that guess what? You need to find materials to support these new standards because we’re using them starting now.  Common Core has turned out teachers into test proctors and data collectors.

Teachers have characterized Common Core as building the plane while flying it. Is that the kind of “last minute change” we’re talking about here?
As a parent of a child in one of the largest school districts, I can tell you that I was not told. There were no stories in the news, no flyers, no publicity whatsoever. Then again, Dr. Atkinson doesn’t have 3 million parent emails and can’t be bothered to inform her state that she’s just made a sweeping overhaul of the standard course of study that will impact over a million children and over 95,000 teachers.  Can’t be bothered to respond to the Lt. Governor with civility, so why would she respond to citizens with any?


“They do not need chaos in the classroom”
Then very simply, get rid of Common Core.  I cannot remember a single set of “just standards” that has caused this much outrage, frustration and tears from kid and parents alike.  Perhaps that’s because it was written with no regard for the end-user — the child.

bill-gatesThe Core was written with businesses in mind because businesses paid for it. One business in particular paid a huge sum and pushed Common Core out faster than any other education movement before. Common Core is the buying of American education and  Bill Gates is the proud owner of a reform that he admits he has no idea if it will work for at least a decade.

How much did Bill Gates pump into Common Core? Check out his grants database. I did. I searched for all grants marked with the “College Ready” code going back to 2009 and earlier in the Gates searchable database. It was around 1,000 records.

The total dollar amount was $3,196,101,299.00

You are reading that figure correctly.  Bill Gates will expect a return on that investment, don’t you think?  This should not be surprising to anyone. Gates has approached education like he approaches computers and operating systems. I don’t think he really considers there are real, live children in the equation the way he compares education to standardized railroad tracks.   Why not compare them to an ant colony?

“And all the little ants are marching
Red and black antennas waving
They all do it the same
They all do it the same way”


Be sure to read Washington Posts’s article, “How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution“.
Fair warning: The article repeats the lie about how Common Core is just standards, points to opinion polls which don’t say what Gates claims they do and doesn’t dig into the claim that Common Core was supposed to help close the achievement gap but we see just the opposite already happening and actually having a detrimental effect on minority and special needs kids.

Excerpt from the Washington Post article that drives home how ridiculous the two statements we looked at in this article today are:

Whether the Common Core will deliver on its promise is an open question.

Tom Loveless, a former Harvard professor who is an education policy expert at the Brookings Institution, said the Common Core was “built on a shaky theory.” He said he has found no correlation between quality standards and higher student achievement.

“Everyone who developed standards in the past has had a theory that standards will raise achievement, and that’s not happened,” Loveless said.

Jay P. Greene, head of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, says the Gates Foundation’s overall dominance in education policy has subtly muffled dissent.

“Really rich guys can come up with ideas that they think are great, but there is a danger that everyone will tell them they’re great, even if they’re not,” Greene said.

This article is just based on the first half of Mercedes Schneider’s post. I didn’t even get to the data sharing she talks about in the second half of her article. Stay tuned.

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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