So says history professor Terrance Moore in a two-part piece on Common Core tests that appeared in influential conservative website Townhall.com. Here’s the whole paragraph which Moore wrote after unraveling a few Common Core test close-read text questions:
So what have we learned through this examination? The first lesson is that all the promises of “college and career readiness” are empty slogans: a tour de force of jargon-ridden demagoguery on the part of the testing hacks and their rich supporters, as well as the rest of the education bureaucrats who control the nation’s public schools. The idea that these readings and the simple-minded questions that follow would prepare students for college is preposterous—unless, which is already the case—the first two years of most colleges serve as one giant, expensive effort at remediation.
On a personal note, I’ll chalk this one up as a paragraph I wish I had written. But to be candid, the questions that Moore perused seem no different from the FCAT crap that Pearson’s published and cashed in on in Florida for the past decade.
The big Common Core con job is just about over. All that supporters have left is to hope that “jargon-ridden demagoguery” keeps republican legislators on board in state capitals like Tallahassee.