Occupy the Common Core Coalition

I have been trying to keep up with Ravitch’s posts , sometimes she updates up to 5 posts a day, trends and interesting links to other articles for more research.

An article I read tonight: Whoo Hoo! Occupy the Schools  is not the most convincing argument against the Common Core but nonetheless has valuable insights into the funding allocations from the major players.

Meanwhile, Ravitch dismisses the legitimacy of the Common Core on the grounds that it’s very creation & implementation will not rest on empirical data derived from longitudinal studies. A Supreme Court Opinion not based on a precedent or taking a groundwork from previous rationales, dissenting opinions etc. –  is uncommon at the very least so how can we perform a structural overhaul without a foundation model?  Additionally, the lack of a public input is another deal breaker.

She reflects-

“Maybe the standards will be great. Maybe they will be a disaster. Maybe they will improve achievement. Maybe they will widen the achievement gaps between haves and have-nots. Maybe they will cause the children who now struggle to give up altogether. Would the Federal Drug Administration approve the use of a drug with no trials, no concern for possible harm or unintended consequences?… They were developed by an organization called Achieve and the National Governors Association, both of which were generously funded by the Gates Foundation. There was minimal public engagement in the development of the Common Core. Their creation was neither grassroots nor did it emanate from the states.”

Which argument builds a better case Diane Ravitch’s vehement opposition to the Common Core or Susan Ohanian’s Occupy the Schools article? What do you think?


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