We have no idea what Ms. Gabor’s political ideology is, but this is an outstanding, thoughtful analysis of the Common Core tests that were given in New York this past year. It does appear the concerns about non-fiction being pushed into English Language Arts is being reflected in the testing. The Common Core assessment train wreck is fast approaching. It is our hope that parents of all political ideologies consider pushing their children to refuse to take the Common Core assessments. Imagine just ten percent (or more) of students across this nation telling their test proxies that they will happily sit their quietly, but they will not answer the assessment questions.
Five years ago, I found myself drafted onto a New York State Department of Education committee charged with revamping the English Language Arts standards. As a journalism professor at Baruch College/CUNY, I had the non-fiction expertise that were seen as so important to developing the new standards. Although I had no experience in public schools, I was on the receiving end of the abilities and deficits of kids graduating from the city’s high schools.
As a journalist who had spent much of my career writing about business and management issues, I also had become intrigued with the corporate education-reform movement; I couldn’t resist a chance to participate, even in a small way, in the sausage making of public education policy.
The work of our committee would take close to two years to complete, with multiple trips to Albany, at a cost that must have run to several hundred-thousand dollars—if not…
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