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.
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.”