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  •  "Buy our dumbed-down education 'solutions'!" (2+ / 0-)
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    Common Core is a very fancy of way of saying "Stick to the 3 R's; anything else is useless for employment!", with the added benefit of creating a captive market for Common Core-branded textbooks and the like, just like NCLB.  Same as it ever was.

    Very long story short: Bill Gates thinks he knows better since he's the world's richest man and that we can quantify and mass produce a success formula ... and far too many people agree with him.  It goes without saying that Bill Gates' grandkids don't go to any school where Common Core would be applied.

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 12:16:41 PM PST

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    •  You should read them (5+ / 0-)

      it's not about the 3 Rs at all.

      Bill Gates has funded some Common Core activity but he didn't invent the idea nor as far as I know has he had input into the content.

      There are issues with it but it's good to go to the source material to know more about what they are.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 12:33:33 PM PST

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      •  Gates has done far more than "fund some CC (1+ / 0-)
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        Here's a link to a series of posts that details his contributions to CCSS, as well as some fairly detailed background info.

        •  I realize that seems like a lot of money (1+ / 0-)
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          but it's a fairly small percentage of what has been spent on Common Core to date. The idea didn't originate with Gates.

          I can trash talk Gates all day with his choices in education philanthropy, and how he knows what's best for public schools even though neither he nor his kids ever attended one, but Common Core would be marching and oozing our way regardless of his involvement.

          Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

          by elfling on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 07:46:59 AM PST

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          •  $173.5 million carefully designated can have an (0+ / 0-)

            awfully outsized effect. Since the administration is hellbent on implementing CC, you're right, it would be taking place. What Gates is doing has the effect of greasing the wheels, which may be even more important.

    •  Not true at all (0+ / 0-)

      I've been creating CC Math materials for a few years now, and the most common complaint from teachers/parents is that the new standards are too tough. And from our editors, the reaction was generally, "thank you lord we can actually teach these needed concepts!"

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