N&O Editorial Board: Common Core Not To Blame – Teachers, Parents and Students Are.

News & Observer editorial board is just about as clueless on Common Core at the Wake County School board.  Check out this pile of dung they call an op-ed.

Nothing is Common Core’s fault, ya’ll.

“When students don’t measure up, some Wake County school board members rightly note, that isn’t the fault of Common Core. It may be teachers, it may be parents who aren’t helping their students at home, it make be students wrestling with tougher courses than they’ve had in the lower grades.”

TommyLee ReallySo a set of fundamentally flawed and experimental line item standards are not to blame, but instead TEACHERS, PARENTS and STUDENTS are?

Wow, new low N&O… new low!

Or maybe not.

They continued to sink lower:

But the answer to problems isn’t doing away with standards. It’s helping students meet the standards, which is why the Wake school board long ago signaled its concerns with abandoning Common Core before it has had at least seven years to provide good measurements.

Instead of substituting lesser standards for Common Core, the state should be investing more in public schools to help students meet and exceed the expectations of the Common Core standards. Those who want to abandon Common Core are jumping from a ship that isn’t sinking.

Holy denial, Batman.

Show me your evidence to back anything said here, News and Observer Editorial Board.

Why seven years?
Is that because the “NC Large District Superintendent Consortium” wants that?

I obtained some of the communications for this consortium last year. These communications show that the NCLDSC has aligned with  pro-Common Core entities directing them on the topic and has been meeting unbeknownst to the majority of the voting public for some time now.  Also in the mix in those emails was Ann Clark, who now sits on the Common Core review committee. Convenient, right?

What “lesser standards”?  
Prove to your readers Common Core is superior without using the Gates paid Fordham study, which is a national joke.

The Public Responds: We sank your Battleship!
Hate to break that to ya, N&O Editorial Board, but the Common Core ships is indeed sinking.  Fast.

Support nationwide is crumbling not just with parents, but with teachers as well. In the latest PDK/Gallup poll this year, only 1 in 4 parents approve of Common Core. Only 40% of teachers expressed any support for the standards.

The single most major goal that Common Core supporters made was on being able to compare results from state to state.  They’ve completely failed to do that.

But hey, it’s not Common Core’s fault, right?

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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  5. formwiz says:

    Some guy in Germany said the same thing a few years ago.

    He blew up the country.


  6. Geek49203 says:

    Okay, it’s not CC’s fault. Then again, CC isn’t the solution either, making it just another educational fad that covers a grab for funds and power and, in the field, fame. Kinda like “open concept schools” and “new math”.

    That the problems with education are largely due to community issues is self-evident, and quickly mentioned by anyone employed in under-functioning schools. Nothing that is proposed, from the Left or the Right, Gov’t or otherwise, will work if we don’t change the local culture.


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