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David Coleman, Education Hero
American Thinker, by Bernie Reeves

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Posted By:Judy W., 1/14/2013 6:15:10 PM

Finally, someone with clout is committed to undoing the damage done to the American educational system by radical scholars. Our hero is David Coleman, president of the College Board, a Rhodes Scholar, and a former McKinsey & Company consultant. Coleman used a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to mold the requirements for the Common Core States Standards in English -- adopted by 46 states to be implemented in 2014 -- to mandate that 50% of reading assignments are non-fiction "informational text" in elementary school, and 70 percent by grade 12.

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This takes me aback. Everything I´ve heard about Common Core is scary, until this. I still think a national curriculum is a terrible idea. And while Coleman´s standards may be great, you can bet the leftists are scheming night and day to get rid of him and put their stupid pap back into the English classes.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: fayebeck, 1/14/2013 6:21:19 PM     (No. 9116482)

This will go nowhere.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 1/14/2013 7:04:34 PM     (No. 9116555)

A pleasant surprise - and grounds for a glimmer of hope. This is exactly the right path. It may be that economic reality -competition for jobs in a tight market- will scrape off the ideological barnacles and fungi that have accumulated since the Sixties and restore education to the schools and universities. Political correctness and dumbed down courses with phony majors of no value to anyone may soon be a luxury American society can no longer afford. Of course it is just a dream - but dreams sometimes come true, especially when reality is behind them and pushing them forward. The rubbish preached in schools and universities doesn´t justify the time and expense of going to school. About all modern education seems to be good for is producing Obama voters who can´t find jobs and expect the government to take care of them.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ramona, 1/14/2013 7:24:39 PM     (No. 9116582)

The Common Core is yet another way for Big Government/Big Education to micromanage teaching. This idea did not emanate from teachers, teacher educators, or even administrators. It came from politicians -even Republican governors.

Yet billions of dollars will be spent on inservice to prepare teachers to accommodate these standards. Education is a local responsibility. No Conservative should give CC a second thought.
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Linda in Seattle, 1/14/2013 9:34:36 PM     (No. 9116795)

It doesn´t make any different how great David Coleman is. Education is a state responsibility and the feds need to butt out!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: avmermaid, 1/14/2013 10:26:28 PM     (No. 9116875)

I have been in schools that have started implementing Common Core. To me it is a nightmare and I´m glad I am no longer teaching. The books and materials are being dictated by the state or regional education service agencies with orders not to deviate from the set curriculum. The amount of time to be spent on each skill is dictated. The abilities of students or their interests don´t matter and the principals are enforcing this. All creativity is extinguished and the joy of teaching is disappearing. Common Core might be appropriate for teachers with no training, but it is horrible for any teacher who thrives on individualization, creativity, relevance, and appropriateness.

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