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    Wisconsin Being Led Astray
    by Susan Ohanian

    I know nothing about the Wisconsin State Journal: Who writes for it, who reads it. I only know that this is one very ignorant editorial. It seems to be inspired by the notion that the editorialists are obligated to be for whatever Tea Partiers are against, meaning drag out the tired, over-used soundbites from the US Department of Education, the National Governors Association, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This reminds me of one of Mark Morford's observations that although The new iPhones with iOS7 are nothing short of miraculous hunks of modern tech gloriousness. But they're also, shockingly, missing a few key features we'd really like to see in future models. Such as:

    Avocado Ripeness Identifier. Is it perfect right now, or will it rip apart in a squelchy, rotted mess as soon as you twist it?

    He has 20 more awesome features missing from the new iPhone

    Maybe we should start thinking up 21 awesome features missing from the new Common Core. Or start with 6, drawn from the claims of editorialists at The Wisconsin State Journal who pretty ecstatic about the Common Core.

  • Curriculum Readiness Identifier: If students aren't crying, vomiting, dissolving into a catatonic state, then are you sure the real Common Core is in place? Accept no substitutes!

  • Teacher Push Them Littler harder Mandate Has every teacher read the State Compensation Advisory Fund warnings on the dangers of pushing? Their advise is to "Use devices that reduce the coefficient of friction between the object being moved and the surface area." Applying the Common Core with salad oil should work.

  • Those Common Core Standards for Mathematics: With the bar raised high enough, people should be able to figure the tip in restaurants.

  • RIGOR Identifier: Investigate your local schools. Warning signs for lack of rigor: Are teachers too relaxed? Do students look comfortable? Does anybody smile during school hours?

  • Duties of Legislative Fiscal Bureau Have you written them a 'thank you' letter yet--for dropping their responsibilities for the public treasury in order to make declarations about the Common Core?

  • How's the Common Core for Cheese Enhancement going?: Isn't this what they mean by The Common Core's rigorous demands could prove particularly valuable in Wisconsin.? The online Wisconsin gift basket has Packers sweatshirts, cheese, bratwurst, and Wigwam socks. Common Core will expand this to . . . ?

  • Common Core raises the bar for schools
    Wisconsin State Journal

    As Wisconsin students settle back into classrooms, they might notice something is a little different this fall. K-12 teachers push them a little harder, and the homework is a little more challenging.

    The Common Core State Standards Initiative for English and mathematics are here. Despite a few naysayers, they offer real hope of change for the better.

    Tea party conservatives call them Obamacore, a big government imposition that ignores what local communities want taught. Educators say they undermine their ability to teach properly, overriding curriculums used for years.

    It's true the Common Core is a national initiative, one adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. But it did not originate with the Obama administration. Rather, the bipartisan National Governor's Association and Council of Chief State School Officers worked with educators, nonprofits and industry to develop them.

    It's also true Wisconsin teachers cannot stick with their old curriculums, at least not the ones that saw students lag behind peers in other nations. But local schools still have considerable flexibility to choose specific instruction. An analysis by the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau calls the standards "a foundation, driving a curriculum̢۪s design and concepts."

    The Common Core's rigorous demands could prove particularly valuable in Wisconsin. Prior standards were vague and inadequately prepared students for college or career.

    It̢۪s not just about Wisconsin, though. State-by-state, students and teachers will be held to higher standards. They will learn not just facts, but also how to think critically. That̢۪s good for a nation that wants to remain at the fore of research, industry and culture.

    Even the GED test will implement Common Core, perhaps better matching a high school equivalency to a diploma in the eyes of employers.

    It might be rough going the first few years. Teachers will have to step up their games, and students will have to master tougher material at a younger age. As all involved become used to new expectations, the public will be able to evaluate the Common Core̢۪s success by the most important metric of all: Student success.

    — Susan Ohanian
    comment on Wisconsin State Journal
    September 11, 2013

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