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?

  • Deborah Hallsted

    “Effect change from the top down”. Does anyone find this as chillingly horrifying as I do?

    • WhoMeToo


      • Deborah Hallsted

        Good, I’m not the only one, then

    • Marvin Nelson

      Hell yes, this is horrifying. What’s worse is the fact that this is the first mention of that statement in this entire conversation.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™ ✓ certified
      • Deborah Hallsted

        True-I’m reminded of the old 1966 movie about the book, “Fahrenheit 451”

    • rssllue

      Even more!

    • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

      Please stay where you are, DHS agents are being dispatched to take you to Ministry of Re-education facility for your designated “zone”.

  • Netmilsmom

    Thank you Michelle for fighting this fight.
    A year ago I was ignorant and championed Saxon to you on Twitter. I didn’t realize that being a Homeschooling mom, I had old, used books that taught my kids well. You gave me an education that made me side against CC.

    • Homeschooled

      I love Saxon! Public school teachers decry it for its rote teaching….however, my kids know math inside and out. No calculators until mid-algebra, and only for correction purposes. They can whip out answers faster than the store clerks using a cash register, who are always surprised my kids have the amount before they have it. I just finished teaching Early Transcendental Calculus…to our 16 year old. I look at the math problems in CC…good grief. In one generation, our children will be unable to solve basic math problems. Mores the better, from the government point of view.

      • OldmanRick

        Excellent. Keep up the good work.

      • MarcusFenix

        My general inquiry when talking to people about this is the aversion to rote memorization from teachers. Students, I get…they don’t want to sit in a boring class and just memorize all day. They’re kids, easy enough to understand.

        I never (and I mean never) get an answer back as to why teachers are against the same rote memorization techniques used when we were kids (or at least, a great many of us here), that served us well in our academics. We have other countries running circles around our education program, yet we’re #1 in money spent towards education.

        Just doesn’t add up, math pun intended.

  • V the K

    The real arrogance of Common Core is the belief that without guidance from The Elites, we poor hicks in flyover country would be too stupid to figure what to teach our kids and how best to teach them.

    • Andy from Beaverton

      For 33 years, the Dept. of Education has been trying to create a universal teaching curriculum. They are too overeducated to know they are incapable of succeeding.

      • V the K

        The Department of Education should be, at most, a small Think Tank, where educational approaches are discussed and analyzed, and the data made available to states and localities, but without the power of regulation.

        • Darticus

          Exactly, V. I could see having Dept. of Ed coordinate conversation between states and school districts around the nation to see what works and what doesn’t. But what works should be defined by those at the local and state levels, not the federal. Different methods work better for different places in many cases. It’s just another one of the great advantages of the federalist system.

          If something works as a one-size-fits-all method (unlikely, but possible), communication between districts and states will ensure that it becomes a universal method organically. The top down approach is completely unnecessary.

      • AMERICAN Kafir™ ✓ certified

        Longer than that, if you’ve read Marx and Hegel. Although, it wasn’t necessarily THE DoE that was pushing for it prior to 33 years ago.

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    Put up with it “Not” Michelle! Subjugation-Redesign by these Mad/Lunatic Academics- Collectives- so only “they get a plaque on their wall that says ‘Seee, I’m Important because I Made Change Here There Thus and So’, while they have the people’s money, the Gates, and the Obama-Bill Ayers pompousness, and could give a rats-a55 about a child that is brilliant in something that is not in their “radar screen”…
    College professors are great at it as well…they isolate/cordon the child from the child’s own reality, nor allows them access to communicate their own interest…its what they think/believe your child should have and never “real communication as to what your child desires or is expressing what it needs”.
    A Charter school is the only thing that saved a friend of ours daughter in CoSprgs, and of course it was before Gates/Ayers/Obama brought their train-wreck to town in the entire country.
    Hang in there you two! You have to fight every step of the way and know that others are with you! Just a twitch away!

  • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

    When you can adequately explain to me why teaching children that 117+144=300 is a good idea, THEN I’ll accept Common Core. Not a nanosecond before.

    • V the K

      I believe that’s known as “Good Enough For Government Work Math”

      • Deborah Hallsted


      • conservativechick

        Liberal math never made sense to me anyway.

    • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

      Because 261 is just too complicated for little minds.

    • TexSizzle

      the only way I see to get 117+144=300: round((117+144)/100))*100. It’s much easier just to teach simple arithmetic so that they come up with the right answer.

    • Zakasnak
  • Maxx

    I can think of few things in life more frustrating than listening to liberals try and tell the rest of the nation how to educate their children.

    If they were so “educated,” they sure as hell wouldn’t be liberals.

  • TugboatPhil ✓Mate

    I have yet to ever hear how anyone is worse off or has been harmed for having to memorize the multiplication table.

    • V the K

      My ability to do basic math in my head still stuns and amazes my kids.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™ ✓ certified

      I have a ‘camera’ in my head. I have a ‘picture’ of that table in my head, as I’m reading your comment. With a visual table, one can look for patterns: i.e. how multiples of 9 up to 9 are ‘palindromes’, shall we say, of each other: 09:90, 18:81, 27:72, 36:63, 45:54. Among others.

  • justlittlolme

    a message to “poor children and all children that their finest practice will be rewarded
    Ugh! Finest practice, NOT best achievement? This reeks of the ‘everybody gets a trophy’ mindset….which is exactly what’s killing our country AND keeping our kids from being competative in the global workforce.
    Typical libs – create the problem, then act like THEY are the only ones with the ‘solution’.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™ ✓ certified

      Yes, it doesn’t matter that you get the right answer, but HOW you came up with the answer you got. Even if it’s incorrect.

  • RblDiver

    “What CCSS content is problematic?” Oh, I don’t know, maybe the fact that an assignment wants students to remove two of the Bill of Rights, or that its math method is incomprehensible, seems just a bit problematic to me!

    • AMERICAN Kafir™ ✓ certified

      All of it is, since its purpose has nothing to do with education, as we think of it, but the destruction of the family unit by creating places where children all ‘feel’ and ‘think’ the same, regardless if it’s right or wrong.

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    Everyday (Math, English, etc.) is a horrid system. It actually makes the child’s understanding worse, not better.

    • Mark Mitchell

      As I said above in a longer post, kids have a hard enough time with math without having the added difficulty of poorly worded problems, ambiguous solutions, or blatant mistakes added to the mix.

      Yet it seems like the only quality control that goes into the text books now is making sure the gender pronouns are evenly distributed.

      • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

        Have you looked at the distribution of ethnically associated names used in the problems? They’ve expended a tremendous effort in coming up with names children can’t even pronounce.

        • Mark Mitchell

          Yeah, I was going to include that in my reply, but couldn’t think of a way to say it without sounding like a complete crank.

  • j p✓ʳᵉᶠʳᶦᵉᵈ

    In order to set the stage for the new world order we have to “level the playing field”.
    That means turning this country into a third world level country in terms of poverty and education so that the people won’t fight the unifying of countries due to the concept of us taking a loss to do so. When we are brought low enough there will be no cause to fight it. So the plans to suck the wealth out of the population and dumb down the schools wiping out the chances for greater career opportunity are progressing apace.

  • AmericanMom

    Dumbing down the kids to become future democrats – that’s the goal.

  • bobbythebuilder

    Michelle, love you but charter schools are paid for by public tax dollars yet run by outside agencies. Where is your local control?
    The only way to stay away from corporate (jeb bush/testing corporations) and public schooling (indoctrination) is home schooling.
    The school system is beyond repair, you are fighting a sliver of the problem. Common core was never about education. Charter schools were never about choice.
    Look at the teacher evaluation scam….who determines and who replaces? Follow the money.
    Look at the data scam…why should a parent allow any of the data they are taking without parent approval to be taken? Why does the government/corporate entities that provide all the testing material need any of this? Ask the questions.
    wake up.

  • Jim Denney

    Bill Ayers and Arne Duncan love Common Core … what could possibly go wrong?

    • Deborah Hallsted

      Great point

  • AMERICAN Kafir™ ✓ certified

    The true essence of Common Core: “Once the earthly family is discovered to
    be the secret of the heavenly family, the former must be destroyed [annihilated] in theory and in practice.”
    (Karl Marx, Feuerbach Thesis # 4)”

  • TocksNedlog

    “if Michelle Malkin is really worried about the assignments given to American schoolchildren…”
    — Word to the Kathleen Porter-Magee: Congratulations! You may not be a politician, but you’ve certainly learned to talk like one. Is THAT a part of the Common Core curriculum?

  • Mark Mitchell

    Last week, my step-son (age 11) needed help with a problem from his common core math book. The problem was:
    “Tom has a rectangular cake. First, he cuts it into 12 pieces. He then wants to cut it into 24 pieces. How many cuts must be made to get 24 pieces?”
    I had to walk him through writing a paragraph to answer the problem to cover all the bases because of the ambiguous wording of the problem.

    What do you mean “How many cuts must be made to get to 24 pieces?” Do you mean cuts total, including the initial cuts, or only the additional cuts to get to 24? And then, how did he cut the cake? Did he make 2 cuts the length of the cake or 3, to start with? Both are viable options and result in a different answer.

    In fact, because of that vagueness, we spent more time than it should have taken just coming to an agreement on how to get to the 12 pieces. We only understood each other after we each drew a rectangle and divided it into 12 pieces. I did so by drawing 2 lines along the length and 3 along the width. He did so by doing 3 lines along the length and 2 lines along the width. Both use 5 lines to get to 12 pieces. However, to practically divide mine into 24 pieces required an additional 4 cuts, whereas his only used 3. So had I been turning in the assignment, I would have answered 9 cuts. He would have answered 8. Who gets counted correct?

    Both should be correct, but would the answer key allow for that? Would the teacher allow for variation from the expected answer, if the key did not? Kids struggle enough with math without increasing the difficulty with poorly worded problems.

    I asked him a couple of days later if his answer was counted right or not, and he said he didn’t know. I asked how he couldn’t know, since the teacher had graded them. He said he didn’t know, because the teacher said, “Too many people got that problem wrong, so it wasn’t going to count.” That is just ridiculous.

    • ObamaFail

      Why couldn’t they have done the standard, “You have 24 pieces of cake, for 15 people. How many pieces of cake are left after you serve everyone a piece?” It teaches basic math with a simple word problem.
      Seems like Common Core is twisting things to where there is no wrong answer that way the dumber kids won’t have to get a worse grade than the kid who can actually figure it out.

      • Mark Mitchell

        For the math level, I can see what they were trying to do with the problem, but in trying to ‘simplify’, they made it more complex. I remember similar problems from when I was in school.

        It would have been worded more like “Tom has a rectangular cake. What is the fewest number of cuts he can make to get 24 equal pieces?” This is a shorter and more precise question, with only one answer, yet it will make the child go through the same thought processes (and more) as the current question.

  • right_on

    Well, it occurs to me that the liberal education Nazi’s are providing a basic low-level of education to the masses, which I believe they think will be the foundation of common labor in future years. Meanwhile, the elitists on both sides of the aisle will continue to send the surviving seeds of their loins, to private schools to be properly educated, thus enabling them to perpetuate the family businesses at tops of corporations, and especially, the government.

    No one in their right mind could believe the dumbing-down of America is an accidental, hap-hazard, unintended consequence of well-meaning Americans.