This is the first part in a four part NaughtyBots series about the #commoncore Project: How Social Media is Changing the Politics of Education. I refer to it as a project since it says Project in the title rather than research. The research issue will be addressed in the fourth part of the series.
I should say at the start that it may appear at times that I stray from addressing this Project, but in my eyes, I do so no more than those who conducted this project, hereinafter referred to as the project undertakers.
This first installment presents hotlinks to the press release for this project followed by a number of related articles. You are encouraged to read the press release and see if articles are basically “retweeting” without questioning the information. Do you think the article authors read the actual project report? Articles pushing back against the project information and other articles are listed after the supporting articles. It may be fair to say that both sides are biased, but does fairness even matter anymore?
If a person only had time to read one of these articles, I would recommend reading Three Problems With CPRE’s Twitter Bot Claims. After that, if you are up for some entertaining reading, try The Anti-#CommonCore Movement on Twitter: Thousands of angry people? Or one well-paid Floridian robot? To get this kind of response, the Twitter activity must be hitting a sour note with some Common Core proponents.
Biased Articles Supporting the Project
Do the people writing articles about this so-called “research” even bother reading the report? If they do, are they so enamored with the confusing interactive presentation or dazzled by the presented information that they don’t bother to question the report’s veracity?
Common Core, Automated Advocacy, & Media Coverage
“It’s unclear whether those mass tweets influenced the course of events as various states changed their minds about the curriculum standards. And there’s no concrete evidence #PJNET’s efforts directly affected news coverage of the Common Core debate.”
Be sure to read the comments.
How Automated Tweets Helped Shape the Common-Core Debate
Education Week receives funding from a number of familiar sources and foundations.
Some refreshing up front honesty—at the bottom of the article it says, “Disclosure: The #commoncore project received support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which also provides funding to The 74.”
They didn’t say what they consider well-paid to be. I wonder how the money the well-paid robot receives compares to the funds the Collaborative for Student Success receives from major foundations and corporations.
Biased Pushback to the Biased Articles of Support and the Project
Common Core Advocates’ New Boogeyman: Twitterbots
This does a good job addressing the Twitterbot issue.
Three Problems With CPRE’s Twitter Bot Claims
This is one of the best articles I have read about the project.
Bill Gates Thinks Twitter Destroyed Common Core
Be sure to read the comments.
Fake News, Common Core and How Parents Are STILL Getting Thrown Under the Media Bus
This is a great response to the supporting articles.