Is Common Core Communism?

I’m speechless. This is so good, so true, that I’m at a loss for words. That doesn’t happen every day.

Crazy Crawfish

Communist Core The Communist Core?

When I first heard this comparison and association being made I must admit my first instinct was to reject that sentiment out of hand. This is a term I’ve often had hurtled at me and other liberals for our beliefs (along with socialist, heathen, commie, nazi, and fascist.) I feel many of these terms have lost their original meaning and tend to be associated with insulting folks on both the left and right of the political spectrum, but that doesn’t mean Common Core isn’t communist or share some of the traits commonly associated with Communism. Now for the record, I don’t believe the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are “communist” per se. . .

Communism (from Latin communis – common, universal) is a revolutionary socialist movement to create a classless, moneyless and stateless social order structured upon common ownership of the means of production, as well as…

View original post 1,557 more words

I Will Not Embrace The Madness of Common Core

I just read this very powerful piece by John F. Burns, who said, ” In all of these places, my experience has been that when it suits the ends of power, ideology can be invoked to prove that 2+2 = 5, or 3, or any other number that suits the state, and to demand that all embrace the madness. ”  I will not embrace the madness of Common Core, it is not right, it is not just.

New Hampshire: A Charter School with Superior Results

Inherently discriminatory in nature. How is it that New Hampshire gets away with this? Is it in part because our governor turns a blind eye to the needs of children and the voices of its citizens and appoints those who know nothing about education, but plenty about business and lobbying to the state BOE? We need recall elections in New Hampshire. Now.

Diane Ravitch's blog

A post today describes how BASIS charter schools screen out low-performing students. This comment refers to a similar practice in Néw Hampshire. This is the exact opposite of what charters were supposed to do: the original intention, long forgotten, was to enroll the neediest students and to help public schools by finding new ways to help struggling students succeed:

“We have a charter school here in NH called the academy of science and design that does the same thing. They state on their website that if you are not in the gifted program at your public school and a participant in first robotics or destination imagination you will most likely not succeed at their school. They also ask you to take an entrance exam. If you don’t score an 80 or above, your parents must meet admin for counseling. If parents refuse counseling they must sign something saying they refused…

View original post 49 more words

An Open Letter to Superintendent Nyland from the Opt Outs

If only this were an isolated incident of one superintendent building a culture of fear and not a pervasive problem found throughout the country. Shameful. How do they live with themselves and sleep at night?

Seattle Education


Dear Superintendent Nyland,

I recently attended a meeting where several SPS teachers spoke candidly about the culture of fear you are cultivating around SBAC testing and I find it to be absolutely appalling. They spoke of the extreme stress and chaos this test is bringing to our schools and how damaging it is for our children. They talked about all of the wonderful learning they had planned for these last few weeks of school and lamented and apologized that instead they will be forcing our children to sit in front of computer screens and take this test day after day. You have failed to stand up and fight for your teachers and have instead aligned yourself with this test and its big money corporate allies. You could have just as easily acknowledged that this was a flawed assessment and offered to work within the system to offer a better choice…

View original post 552 more words

Veteran Teacher Will Resign to Protest Common Core

Diane Ravitch picked up my statement. I am both humbled and inspired.

Diane Ravitch's blog

This is one of the most powerful letters I have read. I hope Diane Sekula doesn’t quit. I hope she changes her mind and stays to fight.

Veteran teacher to resign over Common Core and SBAC

A statement from Diane Sekula, experienced educator and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Moldova, ’99-01):

I have been a teacher for well over a decade and this spring, I will turn in my resignation because of Common Core and its associated data collection through SBAC and other means.

Common Core is substandard and the required data collection highly UNETHICAL. It is causing stress amongst students, teachers, and parents alike and has taken much joy out of teaching and learning.

I have witnessed extreme anxiety and tears from both teachers and students because of the pressure, confusion and uncertainty surrounding Common Core and SBAC Testing.

When I taught in the Soviet Union as a Peace Corps…

View original post 161 more words

How Common Core is Slowly Changing My Child


A Letter to Commissioner King and the New York State Education Department:

I have played your game for the past two years.  As an educator, I have created my teaching portfolio with enough evidence so I can prove that I am doing my job over the course of the school year. I am testing my students on material that they haven’t yet learned in September, and then re-testing them midway through the year, and then again at the end of the year to track and show their growth. Between those tests, I am giving formative assessments. I am taking pictures of myself at community events within my district to prove that I support my school district and the community. I am teaching using the state-generated modules that you have created and assumed would work on all students, despite learning style, learning ability, or native language.   I am effectively proving…

View original post 854 more words

Two Long Island Superintendents Explain the Reasons for the Opt Out Movement

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Go away reformers. Leave me and the kids alone.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Steve Cohen and David Gamberg are highly respected superintendents on Long Island. In this post, they explain why so many parents object to the current climate of high-stakes testing. With leaders like Cohen and Gamberg, who think that students need and deserve a real education, you can understand why Long Island is the epicenter of the Opt Out movement in New York and perhaps in the nation. Their article appeared in the Suffolk Times-Review, a local newspaper on Long Island; I should not quote so much of it, but it is such a powerful article that I could not resist. Open the link and read it all. Both of these superintendents, by the way, are already members of the blog’s honor roll.

They begin:

A mere four years ago, and for decades prior, one could not find any substantial evidence of students opting-out of standardized testing. At first glance, the…

View original post 830 more words