Robert Shepherd: The Remarkable But True Tale of the Birth of Common Core

This is two years old today, but it has never been more true. I put this up on Facebook, before I wrote on Kilroy’s Delaware and before I started blogging. It was articles like this that led me to what is really going on in education. Big data and corporate profits… your child is just a pawn. Opt out NOW!

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Robert Shepherd, a frequent commenter on the blog, is an experienced veteran in the world of education publishing, having developed curriculum, textbooks, and assessments.

He writes:

The New York legislature just voted to dump inBloom. But Diane Ravitch’s first post about that subjected noted, wisely, that inBloom was dead “for Now.”

Don’t think for a moment that Big Data has been beaten. I am going to explain why. I hope that you will take the time and effort to follow what I am going to say below. It’s a little complicated, but it’s a great story. It’s a birth narrative–the astonishing but, I think, undeniably true story of the birth of the Common Core.

The emergence of the Internet presented a challenge to the business model of the big educational publishers. It presented the very real possibility that they might go the way of the Dodo and the Passenger Pigeon…

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