Last week, May 8, 2019, we looked at Common Core State Standards (CCSS) from its introduction in 2009 by the Obama administration. Those states adopting Common Core were offered financial incentives. This week we’ll look at some of those who provided input into the creation of Common Core.
Now You Know: Let’s begin with an article written by Sam Blumenfeld of The New American published October 29, 2012. Blumenfeld suggests the initiative for CCSS arose from a speech made by Governor Paul Patton, Democrat, of Kentucky, at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) June 12, 2002. Patton said, “Governors are constantly searching for solutions that will help all schools succeed, but some schools require more help than others. The long-term goal for states is to improve overall system performance while closing persistent gaps in achievement between minority and non-minority students. Fortunately, there are places to look for guidance. Although some schools continue to struggle, some have responded successfully to state reform efforts and others have gone far in improving student performance and closing the achievement gap. Current research also suggests there are ways state policies can effectively stimulate and support school improvement.”
Now You Know: Mr. Blumenfeld states “How that was translated into the need for Common Core State Standards, is not very clear.” Blumenfeld provides several other names identifying their bureaucratic positions and educational degrees all who are connected to the National Governors Association. One in particular to remember is the Director of Education Richard Laine. Blumenfeld describes Laine as an “invisible bureaucrat who creates policy for the governors, few of whom ever read them”.
“His profile states: Laine directs research, policy analysis, technical assistance and resource development for the Education Division in the areas of early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary education. The Education Division is working on a number of key policy issues relevant to governors’ efforts to develop and support the implementation of policy, including: birth to 3rd grade access, readiness and quality; the Common Core State Standards, STEM and related assessments; teacher and leader effectiveness; turning around low-performing schools; high school redesign; competency-based learning; charter schools; and postsecondary (higher education & workforce training) access, success & affordability. The Division is also working on policy issues related to bridging the system divides between the early childhood, K-12 and postsecondary systems.”
If these disjointed sentences make little to no sense on why and how Common Core came into being, then it may be time to get concerned about what and how our children are being taught in our schools.
Next week, we’ll discuss how the Bill Gates Foundation is involved in Common Core.