Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Meet David Coleman

To understand Common Core State Standards and their guiding philosophy, I'd like to introduce you to David Coleman.

David Coleman, is the "lead architect" of Common Core State Standards.  Coleman also began the non-profit Student Achievement Partners and developed the site AchieveTheCore to "guide" publishers in ways to shift their materials to meet the new standards. Coleman also took on the position as the head of SAT. So we have the same person spearheading up standards, curriculum, and test. With an $18 Million grant from GE Foundation, Coleman is well-funded and ready to transform our educational system to create workers for a global economy. 

Learn who David Coleman is and you'll understand a lot about the Common Core.  

Coleman said in 2011, "[A]s you grow up in this world you realize people really don’t give a shit about what you feel or what you think.” 

Sorry for the language. But those were his words and it guides the Common Core which places a greater emphasis on "informational texts" for utilitarian purposes rather than fiction or writing personal narratives for that matter. 

In his words, “It is rare in a working environment that someone says, “Johnson, I need a market analysis by Friday but before that I need a compelling account of your childhood.”

The Atlantic profiled Coleman in 2012,   

" David Coleman’s ideas are not just another wonkish trend. They have been adopted by almost every state, and over the next few years, they will substantively change what goes on in many American classrooms. Soon, as Coleman steps into his new position as the head of the College Board, they may also affect who applies to college and how applicants are evaluated. David Coleman’s ideas, for better or worse, are transforming American education as we know it.
With little debate, the "Gates-led"  Common Core Standards have been adopted by over 45 states. Coleman was right there writing those standards.  (Did you know the standards are copyrighted by a private group, the National Governors Association and the Chief Council of of State School Officers)

New assessments (See Smarter Balanced and PARCC) are currently being written to the standards and scheduled to be implemented in 2014/15 school year.  Coleman is right there making sure the tests match the standard.  He said,
"If you put something on an assessment in my view you are ethically obligated to take responsibility that kids will practice it 100 times."
Next up, is the national Curriculum written to the standards so that children can "practice it 100 times" before they take the test.  (Look to Pearson for that.)  

What is tested is what is taught.  What is taught, is what is thought.  Why parents and publishers are blindly giving up so much to one man's philosophy of education is mind boggling. Just mind boggling.

Education policy expert, Diana Ravitch has spoken against the Common Core and asks the question that should be on the mind of every parent in America, "
Is there not something unseemly about placing the fate and the future of American education in the hands of one man?"


GAHCindy said...

So he's really into the idea of making people more coglike for the sake of the machine. Forget poetry and exploration. Let's just show them how to install wiring in some do-widgits. I'm sure that'll produce a lot of great thinkers. Oh wait. No. That's what the elite schools will do. This is just for the proles, isn't it?

Joan Fabiano said...


I am looking for educated blogger guests to write on Common Core in Michigan and for my education list Newsletter and web site. http://grassrootsmichigan.com/ If you are interested please e-mail me at grassrootsinmi@gmail.com

If not may I repost your posts on Common Core with a cite back to your blog?

Joan Fabiano

TJG in PA said...

I think this is a very uniformed point fo view on the COmmon Core. The ELA standards call for a BALANCE of fiction and non-fiction, whcih every thougthful person in K-12 has been calling for for decades. Also, the emphasis on informational texts are supposed to be implemented across the curriculum, not primarily in language arts. The positions that you take up seem to be a mash up of the talking ponts that Glenn Beck is using against the common core, and the very liberal teacher's associations. None of this is founded upon fact. Read the text exemplars for the different grade levels for the common core first, and you will see the balance. WE also home school, but 've worked in K-12 all my life - I like to actually read a document before commenting...

Linda Pimentel said...

Common vote is part of the reason I homeschool now. On top of it, they are going to test our children on their interests, and educate them to that field only. Good luck on our kids having an imagination.

Linda Pimentel said...

Common vote is part of the reason I homeschool now. On top of it, they are going to test our children on their interests, and educate them to that field only. Good luck on our kids having an imagination.