Apparently, I’m an influential Common Core tweeter. See below.
I am an education researcher who is studying the politics of the common core on twitter and see you are a very influential tweeter on the topic!
Would you be willing to do a short phone interview so i can learn more about how you got into this issue and how you are making such good use of twitter?
Thanks in advance.
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Co-Director, Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE)
3440 Market Street #560
Philadelphia, PA 19104
How do I do I make such good use of Twitter? I uh, tweet the truth?
Rule number one: Content is King.
Common Core’s Content? Not so Kingly.
I won’t be consenting.
However, I’d like some more information about this study.
1. Who is funding it?
2. Who commissioned it?
3. How is objectivity being maintained given your own position?
4. I would want to see the methodology; including sample pool information and all questions.
The main question of your study states:
“How did a bipartisan reform become such a divisive issue that has come to (mis)represent federal intrusion into local decision making, big business opportunism, and a way of siphoning private student data?
My initial reaction was to shake my head. Even your opening premise is slanted.
Do you believe you’re going to get answers to those questions in 140 characters or less by studying Twitter? Twitter is just a tool. Moms, Dads, Teachers, grandparents, students — you name it — we’ve done our homework on Common Core. We’ve seen it in action. We’ve watched the kids go through it. We’ve been verbally assaulted by supporters.
No one does research better than ticked off parents.
Needless to say, I won’t be getting any of the items I requested.
You know you’re winning when the opposition is asking how you’re doing it.
As a blogger, I’ve got a bit of an edge in packaging information and in spotting narratives. The over 280 related articles on this site alone speak to that.
As I said, we’ve done our homework. We’ve seen this monster at our kitchen tables. We’ve dug into these fundamentally flawed and experimental ‘standards’. We know the truth and we have skin in the game. We’re not giving up, this is our KIDS we’re continuing to fight for. THAT is how we’re winning.
MORE ABOUT CPRE and MR. SUPOVITZ
CPRE stands for Consortium for Policy Research in Education
One of their major funders seems to be General Electric (GE), who is also a giant supporter of Common Core.
Mr. Supovitz has worked on projects in NY for/with Engage NY, which is the Common Core promoter in the state. See:
“ENGAGING THE CORE”
Hey, you know who else works with EngageNY? Six One Seven Films.
Interestingly, Supovitz’s timeline is retweets of Common Core opposition points from Glenn Beck’s We Will Not Conform. I don’t wonder if the inspiration for this Twitter study came from We Will Not Conform, since the show utilized social media.
Beck’s CC movie is an on screen talk show. How did it get into movie theaters??? That’s the real story. And is it rated G?
— Jonathan Supovitz (@jsupo) July 30, 2014
Did Mr. Supovitz realize I was a We Will Not Conform participant? He should, since he tweeted the news I stated live:
I found this one amusing.
When NY’s teacher’s union started slamming Common Core and backing away, Supovitz said the following after calling the move ‘fodder’ for the opposition:
“ I don’t see this as a tide-turner,” Supovitz said, “but it is definitely a rock that’s getting in the way of the tide.”
– MSBNC, “Common Core Trouble, Jan, 2014
Some spin on why Common Core tests scores are so low in New York from 2013. Apparently, it’s just an ‘adaption’ issue. Heh, no.
And we’re back full circle: No one does research better than ticked off parents.