Nationalization chickens come home to roost

The nationalization chickens have come home to roost, writes Greg Forster on Jay Greene’s blog. I love the Chicken Run art.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan will waive No Child Left Behind requirements only if states agree to his reform agenda, which includes adopting college and career readiness standards. That means Common Core Standards, Forster writes.

Conservatives who spent the last year pooh-poohing concerns about federal government coercion lying behind the “voluntary” “state-driven” adoption of Common Core, and stigmatizing as “paranoid” those of us who sounded the alarm, are now shocked and saddened to discover that – hold on to your hats! – the federal government is gearing up to use the ridiculous and unobtainable NCLB 100% proficiency requirement as a bludgeon to force the last remaining holdout states to bow down and adopt Common Core.

States should refuse waivers that require use of test scores to evaluate teachers, argues Monty Neill of FairTest on Answer Sheet.

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  1. ??

    Real conservatives are the ones who think government ought stay out of education. So… I don’t know where he’s getting this idea. And the conservatives I know – especially in the homeschooling crowd! – have hardly been sitting around “pooh-poohing” anything about the Common Core Standards. You would think Satan himself wrote ’em the way some bloggers have carried on.

  2. Yeah, Checker FInn doesn’t count as “conservative”. He’s an eduformer.

  3. The real issue with the Common Core Standards is:

    Who decides – local or national?

    Who decides – working teachers or academics/professional educators?

  4. Homeschooling Granny says:

    As I recall, the Common Core Standards are newly written and have never been vetted or turned into a curriculum. So, we are to spend vast amounts of money and – more importantly – energy implementing an untested reform.

    If you want core something, better Core Knowledge than Core Standards. At least there is some history and you have some idea what you are getting.

  5. So the choice is between standards developed by teachers at the local level – you know, those people who score the absolute lowest SAT of all college majors – or state and/or national boards – made up of people with political ambitions but no requirements for training, education, or even common sense. Frankly, one is just as bad as the other. No wonder our kids are falling farther behind the rest of the world every year!

    Once upon a time, the best and brightest became teachers. Then came the seventies and they found they could earn more money and be more fulfilled in other professions. And since professional educators have an absolute aversion to actually holding anyone accountable for learning anything and then pass this along to all those trainee teachers who not only teacher our kids but who then become the administrators who refuse to fail anyone…. and you have the mess our school system is in.

    I am deeply disappointed that my youngest niece, a brilliand girl who was 3rd in her class (only because 2 other kids got ‘bonus’ points to their GPA for being minorities) just got a degree in education and has started teaching remedial math. I bet she doesn’t last more than 3 years before she gets disgusted with the stupidity of the administration and quits. I think she could do much better in any one of a number of fields that requires brilliance in mathematics, but she is idealistic and thinks she’s going to ‘change the world’. There was a time when becoming a teacher was something to be proud of – unfortunately those days are long gone. Between the teachers’ unions crushing everyone down into uniform mediocrity and the ivory tower intellectuals trying to socially engineer our kids into good little liberals, the teaching ‘profession’ is anything but professional.