About that North Carolina Teacher…

Policy Watch’s Rob Schofield has an article up titled A North Carolina teacher weighs in on the reality of Common Core repeal.  The article is really by Rod Powell, a Common Core true believer affiliated with the Center for Teaching Quality and who has engaged me on Twitter defending the standards and on this blog.  He also testified at the open comments portion of the NC General Assembly LRC. Powell should update his piece — The Commission members from the House and Senate have been named.

I am certain Mr. Powell is an excellent teacher. He was one before Common Core and he will be one after it is gone. Having said that, this turn of phrase is used by many Common Core true believers and it should bother everyone.

“The Common Core provided consistency and a curricular anchor for new teachers like my new colleague—as well as teaching veterans like me . The standards helped us push our students further and shape them into global citizens for the 21st century.”

This is the ‘Common Core made me a better teacher’ line.

“Consistency”? You had standards before.
“Curricular anchor”? Admitting that the endgame of a national curriculum is the point here? Thanks.

No set of standards makes one a better teacher. Standards are content-free line items. Either you were a good teacher before or you weren’t. What pushed your students was your teaching, not a set of standards dictated to states by two D.C. trade groups who are unaccountable to voters.

Powell also penned this article trying to reach parents. It included the line, “Those lacking a ground-level view of the classroom seem to be the ones leveling complaints.” So we have to be teachers to “get it”? Please. Given the turn of events with the Dept. of Education’s thuggery in Oklahoma, that the standards were adopted by stealth and that support is collapsing as people find out more about the Core, his past article seems a bit of a bad joke.

Reminder, The Center for Teaching Quality is a Gates grant recipient:

GRANTEE YEAR  ISSUE PROGRAM AMOUNT
Center for Teaching Quality, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $17,240
Center for Teaching Quality, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $249,471
Center for Teaching Quality, Inc. 2012 College-Ready US Program $3,062,093
Center for Teaching Quality, Inc. 2010 College-Ready US Program $395,836
Center for Teaching Quality, Inc. 2010 College-Ready US Program $2,577,857
Total $6,302,497

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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