Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Randi Weingarten sides with Common Core?

January 13, 2014 

I think it's plain to see that I never suggested that Diane should "attack" Randi Weingarten.

I think it's also plain to see that there are some very serious questions posed that Randi Weingarten should attempt to answer. Diane avoided each and every one of them in her response to my comment.

Given that there is no sound basis for the Common Core, and that it is supported by some of the biggest ($$) and baddest financial players in the country who want to blame public education for the economic problems they caused, why is Weingarten (still) taking their side on Common Core?

Asking such a question can hardly be construed as "ideological purity." It's what Smith and Hullfish referred to as reflective inquiry. Common Core enthusiasts call it critical thinking (though they seem loathe to engage in it themselves). Frankly, I think it's just common sense.

If more "rigor" and more standards and more testing and more "accountability" have not "improved" public education – and may well have done it damage – then why do we need more of it?
The Answer Sheet
Washington Post, 1/13/14

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