David Coleman 2 Years Ago: We Were a Collection of Unqualified People


There is video of a speech that David Coleman gave at 2011 Institute for Learning Senior Leadership Meeting that is now making the rounds on Facebook.  First we see a *ringing* endorsement of Coleman given by Lauren Resnick (who is the co-director of the Institute of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh) as she introduced him.  She said:

Okay, so this is the kind of person we are going to be privileged to hear tonight. He has been involved in virtually every step of setting the national standards, and he doesn’t have a single credential for it. He’s never taught in an elementary school – I think. You know, I actually don‟t know. He’s never edited a scholarly journal, but I think he has written scholarly papers. And a variety of other things that have – you know, everybody here has done some of, he hasn’t done.

Then a stunning admission from David Coleman himself discussing his organization Student Achievement Partners whose founders (Coleman, Susan Pimentel and Jason Zimba) were leader writers of the Common Core State Standards.

One is we’re composed of that collection of unqualified people who were involved in developing the common standards. And our only qualification was our attention to and command of the evidence behind them. That is, it was our insistence in the standards process that it was not enough to say you wanted to or thought that kids should know these things, that you had to have evidence to support it, frankly because it was our conviction that the only way to get an eraser into the standards writing room was with evidence behind it, cause otherwise the way standards are written you get all the adults into the room about what kids should know, and the only way to end the meeting is to include everything. That’s how we’ve gotten to the typical state standards we have today….

…I probably spend a little more time on literacy because as weak as my qualifications are there, in math they’re even more desperate in their lacking.

First thing to note is this is the chief architect of the Common Core English-Language Arts speaking.  That is mind-boggling.  The second thing to remember is that the Common Core State Standards represents data-less reform.  So what evidence is he talking about?

You can read the transcript of this rather disjointed speech here and watch the video below.

HT: Suzette Lopez

5 thoughts on “David Coleman 2 Years Ago: We Were a Collection of Unqualified People

  1. How those who were mentioned in Marc Tucker’s “Letter to Hillary” are deeply entrenched in CCSSI today. Here is the portion of that letter:

    I met last Wednesday in David Rockefeller’s office with him, John Sculley, Dave Barram and David Haselkorn. It was a great celebration. Both John and David R. were more expansive than I have ever seen them — literally radiating happiness. My own view and theirs is that this country has seized its last chance. I am fond of quoting Winston Churchill to the effect that “America always does the right thing — after it has exhausted all the alternatives.” This election, more than anything else in my experience, proves his point.

    The subject we were discussing was what you and Bill should do now about education, training and labor market policy. Following that meeting, I chaired another in Washington on the same topic. Those present at the second meeting included Tim Barnicle, Dave Barram, Mike Cohen, David Hornbeck, Hilary Pennington, Andy Plattner, Lauren Resnick, Betsy Brown Ruzzi, Bob Schwartz, Mike Smith and Bill Spring. Shirley Malcom, Ray Marshall and Susan McGuire were also invited. Though these three were not able to be present at last week’s meeting, they have all contributed by telephone to the ideas that follow. Ira Magaziner was also invited to this meeting.

  2. By “evident,” I take him at his word. It is a Latin word:that means from what I can see. Well, from what I can see, the Common core isn’t working and it needs to be rejected.

  3. The CCSS is all a hoax on the American people, and a huge smokescreen for the REAL agenda, driven by ALEC. That’s why they had to force the CCSS onto states—-because they knew teachers would figure it out post haste, and they did!

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