For those of you who missed it last week, our local education deformers cowering behind their ABC PAC, placed pink unicorns on each of our legislators desks with a message stating some of the things they had heard about Common Core were as mythical as the unicorn.
I’ll be honest, when I saw the tagline:
“Unicorns are not real. And neither are most of the things you’ve heard about Common Core State Standards.”
I really thought this was an effort by my crowd, the anti-Common Core crowd. It would have made more sense and been much more appropriate.
You see, we’ve been fighting the lies spun by big business and mainstream media about Common Core for years. Each lie we debunk is quickly replaced by a new ludicrous and/or unproven claim. Much of the strategy of the Common Core movement has been to accuse the other side of their weaknesses before we could point them out. This is where vague statements like “a mile wide and an inch deep” come from when describing our GLEs which where ranked second in the the nation prior to Common Core, and include much of the same material, except staged in developmentally appropriate ways (like requiring kindergarteners to solve word problems before they can read) and without all the bizarre and intentionally misleading word problem gibberish, and inefficient and contrived ways of solving what should be simple math problems.
Another recent, popularly repeated lie (so it must be true), involves stating our old GLE’s (which were ranked second in the nation prior to Common Core) are complete crap, and returning to them would be a giant step backwards and a disaster, according to State Superintendent John White and his fluffy headed sidekick, BESE President Chas Roemer.
This is peculiar since most of Louisiana’s GLE’s mapped to Common Core content, but Common Core ditched a lot of our material, like cursive writing, learning multiplication tables, and preparing students to take Algebra before High School so they can take Calculus before college. 85% of the content within Common Core mapped to our GLE’s. However our GLE’s actually contained more material introduced in more developmentally appropriate ways.
A little known fact is that LDOE actually spent 1.6 million dollars with WestEd to compare the two and build a crosswalk table to help with the transition from our GLE’s to Common Core, but then decided to move the adoption schedule up a year and ditched all the information they just spent 1.6 million dollars acquiring. The reality is the exact opposite of what Common Core supporters tell you. Common Core is taking us backwards and lowering our standards. Common Core proponents promised us the world with their “internationally benchmarked” standards, but all we got was a lousy unicorn and a hefty recurring bill for disposable worksheets.
So Common Core supporters want to have it both ways. They want to complain that our old standards were crappier than Common Core (even though they covered more advanced material and more material) and at the same time they want to say they had too much, that they were “a mile wide and an inch deep.” Which is it? It doesn’t matter. No matter what anyone says they simply argue whatever is most advantageous at any given point in time, with any given person or group, and their drones regurgitate their talking points verbatim, without really understanding what they are saying, and without any proof or evidence to back up their statements.
This is actually a good example of what is wrong with Common Core. It was never proven to be effective, nor to be more advanced in any way. The available evidence actually indicates the opposite is true. Rather than actually try to back up their statements or provide evidence for their assertions, they resort to fluffy pink unicorns, because really, that’s all the evidence they have to offer. It’s about as substantial as everything else they claim, which is to say pure fantasy.
So now these folks are creating more of the same lies and gibberish, but somehow believe prancing around delivering pink unicorns to legislators will win them some allies. I hope that wasn’t their thinking, because from what I read online, some legislators were none too pleased with this prank.
State Representative Brett Geymann had this to say about the unicorn stunt on his Facebook Page:
Is this what they want to teach our children?
The ruling class elitists placed a unicorn on our desk to mock the parents who want to rid our state of Common Core. This is offensive and disgusting and every person and every group that is listed as a supporter of this PAC should resign immediately. This includes any member of LABI and the Chamber in SWLA. Your money is being used to promote Common Core and to mock the parents who are fighting for their children. I will not sit by and watch these elitists do this. The line in the sand has been crossed. To those of you who are fighting so hard to get Common Core out of our state, please know we are all in and will fight to the last day in this session. Big business has lied to the people about Common Core for their own self-interest. I have never witnessed anything so offensive as this in politics.
A teacher with 37 years of experience named Candyce Watsey had this to say to Community Coffee after reading they were a staunch supporter of Common Core:
Dear Customer Service Representative:
I know that you do the best that you can do; so do I. So I would like to begin by making it clear that I do not hold you responsible for the misguided position on Common Core that Community Coffee has adopted.
My family on my mother’s side is from New Iberia. I remember as a child that my grandmother and great aunt brewed demitasse in an enamel drip coffee pot on the top of the stove, painstakingly adding very hot water by the teaspoon to… the coffee grounds until a beautiful, rich brew was ready, served in demitasse cups with only sugar as an accompaniment. For me, my great aunt heated rich milk and poured it with just a bit of the demitasse into a large mug, sweetening it into a perfect coffee milk. To this day, and I am 60 years old, that is the best coffee of my life.
The coffee? Community.
Why is this venerable company tying its fate to a flawed, federal initiative that will only weaken the Louisiana flavor of our schools?
This is my 37th year as a teacher in Louisiana, and I am staunchly opposed to common core.
So, if I don’t tell you how to make your coffee, could you please refrain from telling me how to teach school?
You know your business; I know mine.
Note: The website where Mrs. Watsey and other saw Community Coffee listed as a supporter of Common Core has since been taken down.
When I visited the unicorn website I was treated to more lies, fabrications, straw man arguments, and truth twistings that would impress a twizzler addict. Common Core really is a pink unicorn, but what Louisiana needs is a break from the false promises and fantasy of Common Core was promised to be, but clearly wasn’t for thousands of children and parents across our state.
What we need is a healthy dose of reality. I hope we can find a way to deliver this message to our legislators before it is too late.