I don’t know how I could have been so foolish for so long. It just struck me today that I really should support Common Core national standards. Here are the reasons I’ve changed my mind:
1) I learned from Diane Ravitch and Sol Stern that dramatic reversals in views generate a lot of attention. For some reason my new support for Common Core will have credibility and influence no matter how weak my reasoning for switching is.
2) If I play my cards right, there may be big money to be made with my new support for Common Core. In addition to book royalties and lecture fees, I see a big grant from the Gates Foundation in my future. Evil pays better than good.
4) Standards probably don’t matter anyway, so little harm can come from supporting mediocre standards being imposed on all states.
5) Did I say imposed? Darn, I have to get used to saying it’s voluntary.