More Empty Attacks From A Wake Cty School Board Member

The Wake County School Board loves their Common Core. Just ignore Common Core is a fundamentally flawed experiment that is proving to be a bigger and bigger train wreck with each passing day. Wake County School Board members continue to make statements attacking the public, mainly parents, who oppose Common Core.  It’s not Bill “clueless on Core” Fletcher this time. It’s the newbie board member, Monika Johnson-Hostler.


You remember Ms. Johnson-Hostler?  The candidate with the messy personal finances backed by big PAC money and tied to Great Schools in Wake Coalition?

She apparently is just getting the “politicizing” attack strategy memo or perhaps the Board members are just taking turns so there is continued repetition of the theme.  I find these kind of statements coming out of a woman sitting on the board of one of the largest school districts to be really scary. Excerpts below are from the News and Observer on 7/16/14.

In an interview Monday on “The State of Things” on WUNC, Johnson-Hostler said Common Core will better prepare children like her 8-year-old daughter for global competition. She said Common Core’s “rigor is invaluable” for educating students.

“I’m a fan of Common Core and I get that I’m one of few,” Johnson-Hostler said. “I always like to give the disclaimer as to why. It is not how I learned, but I do believe that as a parent my goal is for my daughter to be better and smarter than me.”


“I think the rigor is invaluable,” Johnson-Hostler said during the radio interview. “We are raising a generation that has to be competitive. There was a not a thought in my mind in 1993 when I graduated from high school that I was going to be competitive with people in other countries. It just wasn’t here for me.

It is there for our kids who are in middle school already. They already know that competition isn’t just their peers in that classroom, but it’s global. And so for us to not pay attention to ways that we can make our kids competitive and compare apples to apples in this country, which is what I think we’ve never done before and Common Core does that.

So what we call it, I’m indifferent to. The rigor and the structure of Common Core and the standards are what are important to me.

I’m also again, I love policy. Common Core speaks to helping our students understand what they learn in the class, how it is applicable to everyday current events.

That’s something that is invaluable to me is that our third-grades are reading the paper and learning farm to table means what to them. They can learn how to measure. They can learn the importance of our environment. So i think if people break it down into those small chunks, I think they can understand why I’m a fan of Common Core.”

First, I hope her daughter is smarter and does her homework when presented with  a slick Powerpoint presentation and a bunch of empty platitudes.

Get a load of the catch phrases in here. This woman hasn’t read the standards, she’s read the Inigo Common Coretalking points though – “it’s global” and “rigor”.

Folks following this blog have seen be deconstruct the “rigor” statement before. Age and developmentally inappropriate standards and tasks are what “rigor” means in Common Core.

Global is used in just about every statement by educrats and is their favorite buzzword. It’s also a buzzword that is not resonating; parents are shifting to local schools and local control. They want their schools back.

This one comment of Johnson-Hostler’s really bugged me:

That’s something that is invaluable to me is that our third-grades are reading the paper and learning farm to table means what to them.

“Farm to Table”.
Gee, why am I not shocked by the use of yet another set of buzzwords?

Third grade. We’re talking 8 and 9 year olds here. Reading the paper? Which paper? What articles? Learning what “farm to table means to them”?

Uh, it means the same thing to everyone? It’s the movement surrounding the process of food being harvested and then the stages it goes through before it becomes a consumable on small, local scale instead of large mass production one.

It’s also part of the trendy ‘sustainability’ side of agriculture right now. It also means paying more at the restaurant if they are based on this concept, but it does support local farms. Are they also going to be taught about the government subsidies to big farms to keep them from producing too much of a product?

Break it down into “small chunks”? Isn’t that a tactic used so one doesn’t see the big picture?



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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