Common core’s billion dollar answer.




The billion dollar question: WHY Common Core? The answer: profit. Pearson, Gate$, many others. Common core is not here to help military families, and it is not here to level the playing field. It is here to funnel money into the pockets of the oligarchs and huge corporations.
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The saddest part is, much of America is so enamored with the Gates pro common core cheerleading, they have no idea.

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“Common Core is not the best way to go. There is a huge groundswell against CC in many states with several of them opting out. Texas and Oklahoma refused Common Core, and they still get federal funding. There also are many other states involved in the opt-out process.

Common Core consists of uniform American education standards created by special interest groups and federal bureaucrats that treat children as “mere human capital” rather than as unique, creative individuals. It was developed by the National Governors Association, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Council of Chief State School Officers. There was no teacher, parent, nor local school board input.

Two of the professionals on the committee, Dr. Sandra Stotsky (English language arts standard expert, University of Arkansas) and Dr. James Milgram (mathematician at Stanford), had reservations and refused to sign off on Common Core.

Dr. Stotsky said Common Core has “poor quality, empty skills sets, a de-emphasis on literature and low reading levels, such as eighth grade for 12th-grade students.”

In fact, the kindergarten though third grade standards are so inappropriate that 500 early childhood experts wrote to oppose them.

Instead of great literature, Common Core uses non-fiction such as technological manuals, government documents and even menus.

Dr. Milgram said, “It’s almost a joke to think CC students will be ready for university math. It will put our students two grades behind other countries.”

Dr. Megan Koshnick (Notre Dame) said, “CC standards are developmentally inappropriate for young students.”

Common Core is driven by special interest groups seeking to profit from American classrooms (“Stop Common Core,” Aug. 2, Dr. Duke Pesto, YouTube). Companies that will profit from Common Core are Pearson Education, the Bill/Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft, Scholastic, Marzano Research Lab, and International Center for Leadership in Education, the organization the Port Huron School District hired several years ago to provide teacher training at a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars.”

“Common Core’s critics contend that the administration took advantage of the recession: “The states just adopted it so quickly, largely because a large pot of Race to the Top money was encouraging them to do so,” says Terrence Moore, senior adviser of the charter school initiative at Michigan’s Hillsdale College, who has toured the country to challenge the standards. In much the same way that No Child Left Behind-powered reformers had left urban parents feeling powerless, Common Core skeptics saw billionaire philanthropists, multinational corporations, and Washington bureaucrats hijacking local control of education—dictating from on high what was best for their families.

“Common Core fits nicely into the whole dynamic of local control and the overly intrusive federal government. You can call it ‘Obamacore’—rhetorically it works very well.”
Fueling their suspicions was the string of education companies lining up to support Common Core: Testing and textbook provider Pearson, which saw big money in the coming curricular overhaul and exam boom, positioned itself for a financial windfall. Over the previous decade, testing had grown into a $2.7 billion-a-year industry in the United States, largely thanks to No Child Left Behind, and Common Core promised to push those revenues higher still. Also potentially lucrative was the vast amount of student data collected via testing. Common Core itself did not call for data collection (it was the federal Race to the Top Program that incentivized it), but the standardization it sought was a major goal for educational number crunchers. In the previous decade, studying student data had been a bit like comparing stats in a basketball league in which all the hoops were a different height. Common Core would ensure the rims were at the same level across the board.”

“In this post (which is behind an Education Week paywall), he argues that the purpose of the Common Core standards is to generate profits for business and deskill teachers. He argues that the Common Core standards are essential to the long-term strategy of leaders in business-industry-and-government to eliminate unions, to replace experienced teachers with Teach for America, and to hand public schools over to private management. The driving force, he maintains, is corporate greed.

He insists that the best thing to do with the CCSS is to eliminate it.

He writes:

It has become increasingly clear to me that the Common Core is not about the Common Core and that CBS is not a news network, but a new mindset created by corporate honchos who want to exploit Computer Business Systems to de-skill white- collar professions to break unions and lower wages.”

Common core is a money maker. That is why they fight so very hard to ignore the ever growing backlash. They belittle us, use rhetoric to attempt to discredit us, call us “rich suburban white moms whose kids aren’t as smart as we thought.” They say we are afraid of reform, afraid of change, unwilling to attend common core cheerleading sessions. They say our teachers are ineffective. They say our children aren’t globally savvy. They are wrong. They are all about the dollars.