Common Core Commission won’t even consider MN Math, Yet DPI Contracts with WI on ELA – #ASRC

Jeffrey Isenhour was the member of the NC Common Core commission who was most viciously going after Dr. Ted Scheik on the math group’s recommendations.

Isenhour ridiculed, scrutinized and picked at Scheik until Scheik, an elderly gentleman, relented and changed his recommendation’s language. Isenhour then led the charge to vote down the changes that he himself just insisted on.

One of Isenhour’s biggest claims was that North Carolina shouldn’t be adopting a set of standards “wholesale” from another state without thorough vetting.

HypocritesFirst, the math group did vet Minnesota standards — for over six months. Isenhour knew this but figured the media would never question it and so far, they haven’t.

Second, Isenhour’s own argument applies to Common Core. North Carolina’s State Board of education adopted them wholesale without any vetting.

Third, I’d like to know what Isenhour has to say about DPI contracting with Wisconsin to ‘wholesale’ take not only ELA standards, but also tests directed at students whose first language isn’t English — these students are known as English Language Learners (ELLS).

Doesn’t this contract with Wisconsin (p. 2) provide amply proof that Common Core is fundamentally flawed and prove the commission’s findings that the ELA does NOT encompass all students like ELLS?

Does this contract not take Wisconsin work ‘wholesale’, Mr. Isenhour?

Why yes, it does.


Update: Dr. Scheick has noted that he, ” I did not relent.  I said that I would accept his propositions 1 and 2 provided we voted on 2 first, which was my wish.  JI would not do that.”

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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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1 Response to Common Core Commission won’t even consider MN Math, Yet DPI Contracts with WI on ELA – #ASRC

  1. Kathy says:

    The Math Work Group did study MN math standards in great detail for more than 6 months. You are very right about that. Also, they are the only state standards that Dr. Jim Milgram, who was on the Common Core Validation Committee (and wrote the math for the Apollo space program) said actually do prepare children for college, when he rejected Common Core a vastly inadequate and inferior product. I pointed this out to both Isenhour and Oxendine during the break, and they both said that wasn’t a reason to adopt MN standards. Their minds were already made up; don’t confuse them wtih facts.


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