Choice Media put together a “debate” of six education policy experts yesterday.
- Andy Rotherham, Bellwether Education Partners (for)
- Neal McCluskey, Cato Institute (against)
- Checker Finn, Thomas B. Fordham Institute (for)
- Rick Hess, American Enterprise Institute (against – kinda)
- Patricia Levesque, Foundation for Excellence in Education (for)
- Jay Greene, University of Arkansas, Department of Education Reform (against)
Here’s the video:
Rotherham doesn’t, in my opinion, seem to grasp the depth of the opposition’s complaint. He also doesn’t grasp the concept of federalism. Also state-led would mean state legislatures would be involved which wasn’t the case. Since he admits the Obama Administration’s involvement it would be better for him to say that the Common Core is special interest/trade organization-led and Federally-endorsed.
He also says that they stopped with math and ELA standards. Is he so out-of-touch with the news that he doesn’t realize social studies standards and science standards are being put together much the same way?
He talks a lot about teachers, teachers, teachers…. parents? Where do parents and taxpayers have any type of say?
At least admit the process stunk even if you like the standards.
Neal McCluskey… where’s the research? Exactly. Common Standards for people who are different? Does that make sense? Nope.
Checker Finn has “come to favor” the Common Core State Standards…. was this before or after Fordham received money from Bill Gates?
Sorry can’t take you seriously.
According to Finn, most states “dreamed” up standards. That has to be one of the most arrogant statements I’ve heard in this debate. I’m speechless.
Rick Hess points out the assertion that some make that things in education can’t get worse as a fallacy. He said “I think the world teaches us things can always get worse; given what I see as some of the hubris and the tone deafness on the part of the Common Core advocates I think if I was absolutely forced to say I’m more skeptical or more optimistic at this point, I’d have to say I’m more skeptical.
He’s believes most states will self-correct and states won’t implement anything like what the advocates originally hoped. “I believe this will be much more modest in scale in 2017 than what most will anticipate today.”
He sees a lot of “intellectual dishonesty” among the champions of the Common Core.
Patricia Levesque supports the Common Core because she’s a mom. “I have a 2-and-a-half year-old and a four-and-a-half year old.” We have plenty of moms who are against. The effort in Indiana to root out the Common Core has been led by two moms. As a mom she believes that the Common Core State Standards are “better and higher” than many state standards were in the past.
Her four-year-old has autism… so we are going to want Common Core Math Standards in kindergarten to be in line with an autistic child who already knows how to count to 100? While certainly not all autistic children excellent at math, some really do to the point of being a genius.
So no, we shouldn’t set standards around Levesque’s child. If he needs to be pushed a gifted learners class or program should be offered.
Jay Greene doesn’t pull any punches. “I believe the Common Core is a big waste of time therefore I oppose it.” He doesn’t believe standards reform is a promising avenue for improving schools. He pointed out a Brookings Institution Study that debunked the Fordham study linking state standards with student achievement. He said, “standards are nothing but a bunch of words … that are aspirations about what we think children ought to learn and they generally are vague statements that are relatively innocuous and have no controlling power over what schools actually do or what teachers actually do when they close their door. He believes the Common Core Assessments are a “political bridge too far” and believes it is doomed to failure.