The battle against Common Core is raging on and supporters of Common Core are trying to change tactics and use emotion to get people to support their side.
So, backed with fresh funding from philanthropic supporters, including a $10.3 million grant awarded in May from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, supporters are gearing up for a major reboot of the Common Core campaign.
“We’ve been fighting emotion with talking points, and it doesn’t work,” said Mike Petrilli, executive vice president of the Fordham Institute, a leading supporter of the standards. “There’s got to be a way to get more emotional with our arguments if we want to win this thing. That means we have a lot more work to do.”
Step one: Get Americans angry about the current state of public education.
To that end, expect to start hearing from frustrated college students who ended up in remedial classes even though they passed all their state tests and earned good grades in high school. “These kids should be as mad as hell” that the system failed them, Petrilli said.
I know it is hard work but please make sure you do the investigation for yourself and know the facts associated with the concerns regarding Common Core. I can point you to resources to get you started if you are overwhelmed. I frequently read or hear people say that information shared against Common Core is ‘misleading or outright false’ (the article above states this) but I am never sure what information is being referred to since it is not clearly stated and the concerns I am aware of with regards to Common Core are all based in fact.
“The Common Core is so bad, you don’t have to lie,” said Erin Tuttle, co-founder of Hoosiers Against Common Core. “If you can’t prove what you’re saying, if you can’t back it up with a document or a source, you shouldn’t put it out there.”
Also mark your calendar for the Common Core Forum with Dr. Peg Luksik on September 7, 2014 6:30pm in Kingston, New York hosted by Kingston Action For Education (KAFE). Dr. Luksik will be going through the New York documents and sharing the FACTS about the Common Core implementation in New York and its associated consequences.