Using Taxpayer Dollars to Mislead Parents on Common Core

After reminding readers that Connecticut governor Daniel P. Malloy is on record as saying “I’ll settle for teaching to the test if it means raising test scores,” Wendy Lecker effectively slams the governor’s faith in tests and his plans to sell Common Core to parents.

When it comes to their children, parents do not want to settle. They know that teaching to the test means a narrowed curriculum and mind-numbing test prep. Unlike the governor, parents and teachers understand that children need and deserve a well-rounded and engaging education.

A recent study out of MIT renders Malloy’s statement even more odious. Researchers found that an increase in standardized test scores does not increase a child’s cognitive skills: specifically her ability to analyze abstract problems and think logically. This study confirms earlier research showing that standardized tests essentially measure merely how good a test-taker a student is.

Governor Malloy’s statement and resulting policies undermine the goal of developing citizens capable of flourishing our complex world.

The MIT findings also shed important light on the dangers associated with our state’s rush to implement the controversial Common Core State Standards. Proponents of the Common Core swear that this new regime will teach our children to think deeply and critically. In fact, it was just revealed that Malloy’s Education Commissioner plans to spend up to 1 million taxpayer dollars on a public relations firm to sell this idea to the public. The plan is to create a multi-media campaign to try to convince the public that the Common Core is worthwhile.

Apparently, insanity in the nation’s governor’s mansions is bipartisan. Malloy hasn’t heard the news that governors of both parties have been running away from Core.  How much support for Common Core is bought and paid for?  Maybe $150 million worth from the Gate Foundation alone as Valerie Strauss reported in May 2013.

Note not only the amounts but the wide range of organizations receiving money. Universities. Unions. State education departments. Nonprofits. Think tanks. The grants were given for a range of reasons, including developing materials aligned to the standards and building support for the standards.

You can see how invested the Gates Foundation is in the success of the Common Core. What kind of Core support do these grants buy from the organizations that receive them?

Maybe taxpayer-funded support, too.



About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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One Response to Using Taxpayer Dollars to Mislead Parents on Common Core

  1. grumpyelder says:

    Bob, if you recall, last April the RNC meeting in California passed a resolution that read in part:

    .. RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee recognizes the CCSS for what it is– an inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children so they will conform to a preconceived “normal,” and, be it further

    RESOLVED, That the Republican National Committee rejects the collection of personal student data for any non-educational purpose without the prior written consent of an adult student or a child student’s parent and that it rejects the sharing of such personal data, without the prior written consent of an adult student or a child student’s parent, with any person or entity other than schools or education agencies within the state

    I’ve yet to see the democrats pass anything close.. I don’t suspect they will as long as Obama’s president.. Common Core is as much his baby as Jeb Bush’s

    In all fairness as long as the Chamber of Commerce owned GOP establishment runs the Party, the Republican political class, which obviously includes the Bush clan, figures they can ignore the base, and even their own resolutions, until just before the election, then like the democrats, lie their butts off because they figure the voters have no alternative..

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