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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:05 AM

 

architect of common core = member of rhee's "students first"

A few years ago, I met David Coleman for lunch and we talked about education. At the time, I didn’t know much about him, but I knew that he was deeply involved in the writing of the Common Core standards...I thought I knew David Coleman. I knew that he had created a data and assessment company that he sold to McGraw-Hill. I knew that he had been a Rhodes Scholar. I knew he had all the right credentials. I came to realize that David was the architect of the Common Core standards, not just one of many hands. I also knew—from the accounts of others—that he disdains fiction and personal writing...

Last week, the College Board announced that David Coleman will be its new president. One assumes that David will integrate the AP assessments with his prized Common Core standards.

But I just discovered that I don’t know David Coleman at all. I just discovered that he was the treasurer for Michelle Rhee’s Students First. (http://kenmlibby.com/?p=300) I assume that means he supports what she advocates. One doesn’t join the inner circle of a group with which you are not in sympathy. So I assume he supports her well-publicized war against collective bargaining. He supports her opposition to seniority and tenure. He supports her battle to base evaluation on test scores. He supports her efforts to privatize public education. He supports her contempt for experienced teachers.

Not only is he the treasurer, but the other officers of her board are (or were) part of his organization, Student Achievement Partners. One of the directors wrote the math standards for the nation. His organization seems to be integrated with hers...

http://dianeravitch.net/2012/05/19/who-is-david-coleman/


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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:36 AM

1. May be undue assumptions there.

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:42 PM

2. how's that?

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 03:26 PM

3. I don't think that, along with taking a job, it should be assumed

'that means he supports what she advocates. One doesn’t join the inner circle of a group with which you are not in sympathy. So I assume he supports her well-publicized war against collective bargaining. He supports her opposition to seniority and tenure. He supports her battle to base evaluation on test scores. He supports her efforts to privatize public education. He supports her contempt for experienced teachers.'

Its a bit much, without more, imo.

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 03:56 PM

4. I think it's a completely warranted assumption. Students First is an organization

 

devoted to exactly those goals. If he didn't support them, he wouldn't be in a leadership role in that organization.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 07:16 PM

5. Rich Literature

Literature is civilization's collection of stories about being human. Literature requires meaning be brought to it by the life experiences of the reader. Thus, the same stories change over time for the reader. Fiction is what initially make people independent readers. It also teacher us that while all fact is true, not all truth is fact.

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