Twitchy founder/CEO Michelle Malkin has tirelessly sought to take on advocates of the new “Common Core” school standards, even going so far as to challenge Jeb Bush and the New York Times’ Bill Keller to debate the merits of the standards. You might think that would keep people from foolishly trying to debate her on Twitter, but Common Core folks seem to lack common sense:
Here’s the insulting insinuation from Porter-Magee’s post:
And if Michelle Malkin is really worried about the assignments given to American schoolchildren, she will need to have a substantive conversation in local communities across the country about how to raise the rigor in their classrooms. Which, ironically, is exactly how Common Core State Standards Initiative got started in the first place.
In addition to being a fellow at the Fordham Institute, Porter-Magee works for the College Board, which is in the midst of redesigning its college-entrance tests to align with Common Core. The College Board’s president, David Coleman, served as a chief writer of the Common Core standards in English/language arts. In a profile of Coleman, the Atlantic wrote that Coleman hopes to “effect change from the top down”:
With the Common Core, Coleman worked to reshape public education from kindergarten up. Now, as the incoming president of the College Board—the nonprofit that administers the SAT, the Advanced Placement program, and a number of other testing regimens—he hopes to effect change from the top down, by shifting what is expected of students applying to college and, he hopes, by increasing the number of students who apply in the first place. Coleman’s most radical idea is to redesign the SAT, transforming it from an aptitude test intended to control for varying levels of school quality, to a knowledge test aligned with the Common Core. He describes this change as a way to put applicants on an equal playing field, a message to “poor children and all children that their finest practice will be rewarded.”
So — great news! — your kids can look forward to questions like these on the SAT. And there’s nothing you or your local school can do about it.
Isn’t local control wonderful?