Dr. Stephen Krashen is professor emeritus at the University of Southern California, a linguist, and an educational researcher. Dr. Krashen has published more than 350 papers and books, contributing to the fields of second language acquisition, bilingual education, and reading. He was scheduled to speak a the Southeast TESOL Association Meeting to be held next week in Myrtle Beach, SC.
He announced yesterday on his blog that he will not be speaking there after all:
I will not be speaking at the Southeast TESOL Association Meeting to be held in Myrtle Beach next week, because of a disagreement about my keynote topic. I learned only recently that the conference theme was supporting the common core, that it was "dedicated entirely to providing teachers with strategies for working with common core and all of the states in attendance have adopted it."
I therefore changed my topic to "The case against the common core." This was rejected by the SETESOL Executive Committee. I was told that "this topic cannot be presented to this group of attendees. "
I cannot in good conscience speak at a conference dedicated to the common core without presenting what I know about it. I offered to present on my original topic as an extra talk, but this was rejected because of lack of space and time.
Apparently Southeast TESOL Association meeting attendees can not have free thought and hear an alternative perspective on the Common Core. No surprise here.
And Common Core advocates wonder why we think their transparency claim is a complete sham.
Photo credit: Stephen Krashen’s Facebook page