CCSS is part of the Obama administration's "Race to the Top" program that's aimed at increasing the federal government's control over public schools.
And who better for the College Board to have hired as CEO than David Coleman, the co-founder of Grow Network and Student Achievement Partners? Why? The former was acquired by the nation's largest textbook company, McGraw-Hill, and the latter was influential in researching and developing standards and who provides consulting to educators implementing the Common Core.
Well, all of that was 3+ years ago. But, guess what? In March 2016, the College Board is launching a newly-revised SAT. And guess what else? It will measure mastery of the Common Core standards.
Citing data that students take 112 standardized exams during their pre-K-12th grade years, President Obama recently suggested putting a cap on standardized testing. The ostensible reason is that teachers will have more time to provide direct instruction to students.
The Motley Monk isn't buying that sales pitch and no one else should either.
The actual reason for decreasing standardized testing (which is a separate issue and might be a good idea) may very well be part of the College Board's business plan, namely, to offer the SAT as a summative test and requirement for high school graduation. If students demonstrate that they know and understand the Common Core standards (the College Board would determine that) conveyed through the standardized textbooks (McGraw-Hill already provides those), then they graduate. If not, well...
And who's going to be laughing all the way to the bank? The crony socialists whose goal is to federalize public education and the crony capitalists whose goal is to make as many $$$s as possible by providing those crony socialists what they want.
Make no mistake about it: The Common Core further erodes the parental primary right to educate their children as they see fit. Increasingly, federal government bureaucrats at the Department of Education are seizing that right and attempting to train students as they see fit.
Never forget Fr. Joseph Salzman's dictum from the late-1800s: "The future belongs to those who control the schools."
Let the discussion begin...
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