Bottom line on common core: Sunday’s comic

Arizona senators Bob Worsley and Steve Pierce

Arizona senators Bob Worsley and Steve Pierce

HB2190 challenges Common Core crony capitalism

While HB 2190 has been making its way through a deliberative member review process, Arizona legislators have been learning more and more about this “too big to fail” enterprise package. We have worked very hard to make sure members of the House understand what the bill is designed to do, what it contains and what it means to the future of public education in Arizona. I question the narrative that Arizona schools are failing; and I am asking the tough question, is this a straw-man case designed to usher in crony capitalism on a massive scale?

Dwight David Eisenhower warned us in his 1960 speech to, “beware of the military industrial complex”. The same should be said of the educational industrial complex and the house of cards that is Common Core.

Two prior legislatures, two prior superintendents of public instruction and a governor were promised world class educational standards that would enhance and accelerate learning, and a program that would solve the education dilemma. It appears they were duped; they were promised one thing but received another. “Bait and switch” is fraud, and had Common Core been strictly in the private sector, law suits would be flying over the fraudulent misrepresentation of the deliverables.

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Pearson Caught Spying On Students. Big Brother Is Here

Last night, Bob Braun, an investigative reporter in New Jersey, received a copy of the following email:

He posted the following on his blog, Bob Braun’s Ledger:

MARCH 13, 2015

BREAKING: Pearson, NJ, spying on social media of students taking PARCC tests

“Pearson, the multinational testing and publishing company, is spying on the social media posts of students–including those from New Jersey–while the children are taking their PARCC, statewide tests, this site has learned exclusively. The state education department is cooperating with this spying and has asked at least one school district to discipline students who may have said something inappropriate about the tests.

This website discovered the unauthorized and hidden spying thanks to educators who informed it of the practice–a practice happening throughout the state and apparently throughout the country. The spying–or “monitoring,” to use Pearson’s word–was confirmed at one school district–the Watchung Hills Regional High School district in Warren by its superintendent, Elizabeth Jewett.”

To read more: Pearson Caught Spying On Students. Big Brother Is Here, click here.

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