We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
By taking a promising idea and making a hash of things, advocates of the Common Core paid homage to a long tradition in American education. What could and should have happened in 2009 just might still be possible. It would offer the surest way out of what otherwise looks to be a bruising war of attrition that will complicate school improvement for years to come.
Although that original vision still offers a potential path forward, the odds of the necessary course correction actually taking place seem slight. Indeed, self-confident Common Core advocates have not been inclined to acknowledge missteps or problems and are instead more disposed to double down on clumsy political machinations, attempts to impugn skeptics, and an insistence that everything is working out just as they intended. At this point, however reasonable the rationale for the Common Core, it seems increasingly clear that American education would be better off if this unfortunate, quasi-national enterprise had never made it off the drawing board.
And yet dear ol' Jeb! of Shrub Dynasty fame still doubles down on Common Core. Proving once again that Rove Republicans are nothing more than the OTHER end of the same steaming feces as the Democrats...
Plus, when Bill Gates and his dear wife thought their guidance (and influence) would be a ground-swell for the concept, plus the windfall for M$ (seeing how, MIRACULOUSLY they have the software and dedicated resources needed to make CC happen, it could not be anything but success.
...but, seeing it in action, weeeeellll... it falls short. Its too whimsical, too heavy on concept, but not on product. In math alone (in my son's case) there are over a dozen concepts to add\subtract numbers, instead of the tried\true method. I know if he is confused, so are his classmates. And, bringing home a work-page of 4 problems does not make the work rote - its just a task, then finished, not polishing skills and making them automatic.
CC is a grand concept, but having idealoges, social engineers, and politics in the process makes mud, not growing flowers. We need education, not indoctrination to make cogs.
"Well-meaning, self-impressed technocrats." Even if they are a bunch of do-gooders, which I doubt, a national standard will only bring everyone down to the LCD. If I enrolled my five year old in kindergarten it would be a step backwards. I'll stick to home education for my little ones. I've dropped out of that part of society.