#CommonCore: You Know You’re Winning When Opposition Asks How You’re Doing It

Apparently, I’m an influential Common Core tweeter. See below.


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Jon Supovitz <jons@gse.upenn.edu>
Date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 7:53 PM
Subject: Request for Interview about #commoncore on twitter
To: TheLL1885@gmail.com

Hi LL,

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.

Jon Supovitz

Jonathan Supovitz
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.


My response:


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.


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:



Hey, you know who else works with EngageNY? Six One Seven Films.

Here’s the Twitter Study Supovitz is conducting.  You can follow him on Twitter too. It appears he is a newcomer to Twitter as his tweets only go back to about February of 2014.

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.

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

Supovitz on the ‘politics‘ of Common Core. More here.

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.


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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8 Responses to #CommonCore: You Know You’re Winning When Opposition Asks How You’re Doing It

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  2. mscpamom says:

    Always like your perspective! I’ve become acquainted with a lot of momma grizzly bears lately. It is refreshing to know there are large numbers of conservative moms who are using those critical thinking skills that are so heavily talked about in the CC. However, when it is being used against the CC it suddenly becomes a baseless conspiracy theory of some kind. Go figure. But wait, maybe it is a Gates conspiracy (along with a whole host of conspirators) including the USDoE.


    • Thank you!
      It’s funny the number of mom’s (and dad’s and grandparents even) that I’ve met while on this fight. The way to shut down your opposition is to smear them so that no one else will listen to them. It’s backfiring in this case, because the people you’re smearing are parents, grandparents, teachers and students — from all different backgrounds and political affiliations. My more liberal friends and I have found more common ground over common core than anything else out there.


  3. Natalie says:

    YOU are BRILLIANT! So very happy and grateful that you are on our side!
    I am a former public high school English teacher, now homeschool teacher of six blessings for the past 20 years. Your posts and research are informed and thorough with great tech savvy. So proud of you.


  4. kim fink says:

    Your my hero Andrea! So much of what gets shared on CC comes from you, and the masses of ticked of GRANDPARENDS are mad too!!


    • Thanks Kim! I know a lot of grandparents who are very involved with their grandkids. They’ve seen it all over the years and whenever one of them talks about CC to me they all say the same thing: What a pile of junk.


  5. Don Watson says:

    Keep up the great work.



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