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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

What makes a marketing expert qualified to write educational standards that have become the de facto nationalized standards for schools across the country? Nobody knows. And the National Governors Association (NGA) -- a Washington DC based trade group which holds no legislative authority, yet spearheaded the development of the Common Core -- isn't telling.

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In a July, 2009 press release the NGA stated "The Work Group's deliberations will be confidential throughout the process." Since then, the NGA continues its shroud of secrecy as to how the standards writers were chosen for the Standards Development Work Group and how the standards themselves were developed.

LET ME REPEAT THIS PART.../

In a July, 2009 press release the NGA stated "The Work Group's deliberations will be confidential throughout the process."

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With the upcoming election cycle, voters are looking for the Colorado gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez (R) to demand answers from incumbent John Hickenlooper (D) who currently serves as vice-chair of the NGA. Hickenlooper might wish to avoid questions about Vockley and the NGA's role in Common Core State Standards -- questions like:

-How do you find it acceptable for states to sign a Memo of Understanding (MOU) that pledges "an open inclusive, and efficient process" in the development of the Common Core State Standards, yet the NGA -- the organization for which you are vice-chair -- insists on keeping the selection process secret regarding the hiring of standards writers and the creative process of writing the standards? What is the NGA hiding?

-As vice chair of the NGA,what concerns you about the only mathematician on the Validation Committee -- a mathematician who happens to be affiliated with NASA -- refusing to sign off on the Common Core Math Standards?

#1 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-02 10:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

As vice-chair of the NGA, what is your response to the only content expert on the ELA Validation Committee refusing to sign off on a set of standards that were developed in part by a marketing expert?

-Why won't the NGA release how the standards writers were chosen and by what criteria they were selected?

-Why won't the NGA share the minimum qualifications for standards writers?

-Why won't the NGA waive confidentiality agreements signed by Work Group and Validation Committee members to allow for transparency in how the standards were developed?

-Why won't the NGA share who elected marketing expert Martha Vockley to be part of the Standards Development Work Group -- the group tasked with writing the Common Core State Standards? Who made the decision to hire her?

#2 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-02 10:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

Finally gave up on Benghazi, eh?

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-07-02 11:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

I guess that works both ways at times, but it's always 'funny' to hear the left whine and moan about the rule of law when it's upheld and supported.......finally.

Nah. He's just stepping forward for another drubbing by Prag.

It's the same reason the old perv hits on women he knows won't go for it, he likes being shot down.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2014-07-03 01:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

Babbles, I believe in giving credit where credit is due. I actually agree with you knee-jerks on this Common Core issue.

I also would like to know who was involved....but most importantly, I would like to know what they thought they were trying to accomplish....and why.

What possible reason could they have for not wanting to teach hard scientific, mathematical and critical thinking skills to young children? Are they trying to train them all to become politicians?

#5 | Posted by kudzu at 2014-07-03 08:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

yeah JPW...that's it....it's a set up for pragmatic.,....aha ha ha

it's a hallmark of liberals and this white house that something SO IMPORTANT as children's education is being decided by UNQUALIFIED people BEHIND CLOSED DOORS....

and besides jp...LOOK AT WHO"S HERE...this is so egregious EVEN KUDZU is on board.,...well mostly.. lol

#6 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-03 01:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

"What possible reason could they have for not wanting to teach hard scientific, mathematical and critical thinking skills to young children? Are they trying to train them all to become politicians?"

Funny last line, but...

Right, there are no science standards. Think for a second, and you'll understand why that is. (Hint: It's similar to no one wanting to touch history standards, even, in some cases, on a state level.) That said, there is a set of standards called Next Generation that are being adopted widely. I haven't researched them, so I can't speak to them, but if you're interested, you can do the research.

What's not mathematical about the math skills? I don't know them well, but I do know one example of higher rigor/expectations in CCSS: moving algebra to 7th grade. Have you read the math standards?

And "critical thinking skills"? Read the ELA standards; you'll find a great deal about critical thinking (interpretation, analysis, counterargumentation...). Or are you one of those who believes erroneously that critical thinking should be its own discipline or course?

As for drubbing, I've asked Afk many questions he has left unanswered, sure. But there is a serious point to be made about who created these and why. To boil it down again: Mr. Prag is for nationwide standards (notice word choice; I did not say "federal"); Mr. Prag is not in favor of high-stakes standardized testing (see: NCLB and Race to the Top); Mr. Prag would like to see the entire shape of public education change (from funding to structure of the daily schedule and the yearly calendar).

Happy Independence Day!

#7 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-07-04 10:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

And Afk, whoever created these, it was not "this white house." This White House loves CCSS and added them to the Race to the Top CRAP, but they did not create them and, as far as we know so far, were not involved. Be mad at Bill Gates here, not Barack Obama. Well, you can logically be mad at the President and his moronic Secretary of Ed for the embrace and abovementioned testing...

#8 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-07-04 10:11 AM | Reply | Flag:

HEY IT"S ABOUT TIME YOU GOT HERE !!!! lol

keep on keeping on....the questions asked in the link still aren't answered.....

#9 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-04 01:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

9: Christ, Afk, I don't need to answer them. I gave you credit for raising a serious point. Funny how you never do that. Or answer my questions on this topic. Physician, heal thyself.

#10 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-07-05 09:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

"I also would like to know who was involved....but most importantly, I would like to know what they thought they were trying to accomplish....and why."

There are clearly stated goals about college and career readiness. Cynically, we know there's more to it than those, but those are the stated ones. It's sort of like PNAC: the overt goals are spelled out right on the website, but cynically we know it's a lot deeper than that.

At this point, I think Common Core is so contentious that it should be abandoned and states should enter into a real conversation about truly grassroots-generated nationwide standards. If we're going to talk about education in the country as a whole, if we're going to talk about international tests that compare the country's results to other countries' results, then logically we need to have a core (oops) of content (educational not political or ideological) and skills that all students are supposed to learn. Around that core, as now, states could add matters of local concern. And, as now, it wouldn't be curriculum; it would be standards. No one would be telling districts in Texas that they have to read Howard Zinn's People's History, and no one would be telling kids in Vermont that they have to read Rush Limbaugh's kid's book.

For those really interested in education reform, I suggest you do more than piss and moan on an anonymous blog site.

#11 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-07-05 09:55 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

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