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Nov 3 14 5:43 PM
Quote- Gates’s next point is “Common Core also has the benefit of consistency. Americans move more than 10 times over the course of a lifetime. Inconsistent standards like the ones we’ve had until now punish students who have to switch schools.”
Aside from Gates’s attempt to instill guilt – a common liberal ploy – that, currently, parents who find they must move their children to other schools are “punishing” them, the devastating flaw in this argument is that it seeks support from the unstated premise of a national curriculum: gaps in education when a student transfers from a school in New Hampshire to a school in Arkansas can only be avoided if the same things are being taught at the same time across the entire nation.
Gates’s argument begs the question: is it a nationalized curriculum, or isn’t it? He apparently is taking both sides on that question.
Next, Gates attempts to tackle the “myth” that the Common Core standards were created without parent, teacher, or state and local government involvement.
“In fact the standards were sponsored by organizations made up of governors and school officials. The major teacher unions and 48 states sent teams, including teachers, to participate,” he states. “The Gates Foundation helped fund this process…”
In fact, the Gates Foundation funded these organizations with the following amounts to support and implement the Common Core standards:
The National Governors’ Association Center for Best Practices received $23.6 million from the Gates Foundation prior to June of 2009, when the standards were completed, and an additional $2.1 million after that date “to work with state policymakers on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.”
Prior to June of 2009, the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) received $47.1 million, with the largest payout for data “access” and “data driven decisions.” After Common Core completion, the Gates Foundation funded CCSSO an additional $31.9 million, with the largest grants given for implementation and assessment, data acquisition, and control.
The Gates Foundation also funded progressive nonprofit Achieve, Inc. both prior to June of 2009, with a grant of $23.5 million, and after the completion of the Common Core standards with another $13.2 million for the purpose of “building strategic alliances” for Common Core promotion.
In addition, Coleman’s nonprofit organization, Student Achievement Partners, which is solely focused on the Common Core standards, received $6.5 million from the Gates Foundation.
As for teachers’ unions, the Gates Foundation gave $5,400,000 to Weingarten’s AFT and the National Education Association (NEA) was granted $3,982,597 – for the express purpose of advancing the Common Core Standards.
The fact remains that the Common Core State Standards were created from an alliance between political elites and corporatists. Not one citizen-elected legislative body has had any input into the standards or the system of development by which they were created. In addition, to this day, the Common Core standards are owned and copyrighted by private organizations with no accountability to parents or students of any state. UnQuote
Not much to be “commended” in Common Core.
Nov 4 14 9:01 AM
Nov 11 14 1:21 PM
Nasty Nasty Nasty-
Don't Take Anything Personally-When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.
Nov 11 14 2:47 PM
Hi Lee Edumakated !
Nov 11 14 4:54 PM
dparks wrote:2+2 will be the same, no matter what state you are in, same for 4X4. Coming up with a screwed-up way of accomplishing this only means someone in Washington has an in-law that has an education business that benefited from common Core. Will we in the near future be told that ABC needs to be rewritten to make it the same in all states?
Well thanks be to tha Bill Gates.
Although, he is taking a bunch of heat from education groups, which say the Gates Foundation’s philanthropic support comes with strings attached.
Yeah Buddy-it sure does!
Nov 11 14 4:56 PM
“On a hot summers day in 2008, Gene Wilhoit, director of a national group of state school chiefs, and David Coleman, an emerging evangelist for the standards movement, spent hours in Bill Gates’s sleek headquarters near Seattle, trying to persuade him and his wife, Melinda, to turn their idea into reality.”
“Coleman and Wilhoit told the Gateses that academic standards varied so wildly between states that high school diplomas had lost all meaning, that as many as 40 percent of college freshmen needed remedial classes and that U.S. students were falling behind their foreign competitors.”
“Can you do this?” Wilhoit recalled being asked. “Is there any proof that states are serious about this, because they haven’t been in the past?”
“Wilhoit responded that he and Coleman could make no guarantees but that “we were going to give it the best shot we could.”
"After the meeting, weeks passed with no word. Then Wilhoit got a call: "Gates was in."
"What followed was one of the swiftest and most remarkable shifts in education policy in U.S. history."
Source: Washington Post
Nov 11 14 5:08 PM
“The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation didn’t just bankroll the development of what became known as the Common Core State Standards. With more than $200 million, the foundation also built political support across the country, persuading state governments to make systemic and costly changes.”
“Bill Gates was de facto organizer, providing the money and structure for states to work together on common standards in a way that avoided the usual collision between states’ rights and national interests that had undercut every previous effort, dating from the Eisenhower administration.”
“The Gates Foundation spread money across the political spectrum, to entities including the big teachers unions, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, and business organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — groups that have clashed in the past but became vocal backers of the standards.”
“Money flowed to policy groups on the right and left, funding research by scholars of varying political persuasions who promoted the idea of common standards. Liberals at the Center for American Progress and conservatives affiliated with the American Legislative Exchange Council who routinely disagree on nearly every issue accepted Gates money and found common ground on the Common Core.”
One 2009 study, conducted by the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute with a $959,116 Gates grant, described the proposed standards as being “very, very strong” and “clearly superior” to many existing state standards.”
Yep-The adoption of the Common Core has created a lucrative-
"Pearson Inc. did business, or sought to do business, to destinations such as Singapore. ... foundation transactions that could benefit Pearson Inc. It said it has ... trigger laws to poverty's impact on education to the shifting politics of school reform."
“Then came Pearson Charitable Foundation, the nonprofit arm of educational publishing giant Pearson Inc., that agreed to pay a $7.7 million settlement to New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman after he determined that the foundation had created Common Core products to generate “tens of millions of dollars” for its corporate sister?”
Source: Washington Post-
Agenda Agenda Agenda-m-o-n-e-y! and more money!
Some Parents betta be waking up and going to check their kids school to see what they studied for tha day-
As a responsible parent we all need to go visit the school everyday and see what's going on-
Know your teachers and their agenda-it's our duty!
These are our kids not their's-
Homeschooling is a coming forth and Quickly-
Nov 11 14 5:11 PM
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