Told You So!

Casablanca - Shocked!

I am shocked – shocked! – to discover that

nationalization of education is going on in here!

Casablanca - Your Winnings

Your NCLB subsidies, monsieur.

(Guest post by Greg Forster)

Common Core is not federally driven!

We repeat, Common Core is not federally driven!

Crimethink doubleplusungood!

It’s too bad nobody predicted this would happen – oh, wait, hang on:

Could we now at least ask for a moratorium on the silly “we can quit any time we want!” argument? I mean the assertion that once states have been forced to sign up for Common Core, the fact that they remain signed up rather than dropping out somehow counts as evidence that they’re really “voluntarily” on board. Leave aside the fact that it basically boils down to saying it’s OK for state political leaders to be prostitutes and destroy children’s lives for money as long as they then come out after the fact and admit openly that that’s what they were doing all along. Does anyone really think that strongarming is something that happens only once? I mean, if your corner grocery gets a visit from Guido and Rocco and immediately thereafter signs up as a member of the Legitimate Businessmen’s Neighborhood Business Protection Society, does its membership count as “voluntary” because it stays in the society year after year even though Guido and Rocco never set foot in the place again?

Suppoose the LBNBPS people swear – cross their hearts and hope to die – that they’ve fired Guido and Rocco and have gone totally legitimate? Would anyone believe them? Would businesses feel free to leave?

This part seems strangely relevant, too:

I get the sense that conservatives who like Common Core want a do-over. They want to disengage from their former allies among the nationalizers and reposition themselves as champions of high state standards.

Fine! Step one to getting a do-over is to actually do it over.

Common Core is irreversibly associated with nationalization. It already was before the latest word about NCLB waivers; that news doesn’t create, but merely confirms, the permanent link between CC and nationalization of education.

You want genuinely state-driven common standards? Create some.

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5 Responses to Told You So!

  1. matthewladner says:

    I talked to an Oklahoma leader about a month ago. They knew this was possible, but they also know that no one has ever enforced that tutoring provision and that there are giant loopholes in restructuring. If they were too, too worried about it, one might think that their higher education people might have put a greater emphasis on blessing their old standards, which looked relatively good in the NAEP/state test comparisons.

  2. Greg Forster says:

    The worst effect of Common Core has been the normalization of dishonesty among previously respectable education leaders. It’s important that they not learn the lesson that they can lie and it doesn’t matter – not least because if they do, it will have repercussions far beyond Common Core.

  3. matthewladner says:

    I don’t follow you. The person I spoke to supported Oklahoma’s withdraw from CC, looked into the waiver situation, and concluded that the consequences of losing the waiver (the worst case scenario which has happened for now) wasn’t that big of a deal.

    Don’t get me wrong, this whole waiver business is deeply suspect in the first place, etc. but the people who decided to make this change viewed this a far less than an apocalypse. Plus if the higher ed group provides their blessing this decision may be reversed.

  4. Greg Forster says:

    I wasn’t referring to the person you spoke to. Just in general, the constant assertion that CC is a state thing and the feds have nothing to do with it is dishonest and offensive, regardless of whether the feds ultimately succeed or fail.

  5. matthewladner says:

    I agree that it is completely dishonest for anyone to claim that the feds had nothing to do with it give RTTT, the funding of the consortia, etc. What has happened thus far in Oklahoma however still qualifies in the neighborhood of “approximately nothing” in my book. Schools will have to go back to pretending to implementing a tutoring provision that they ignored for a decade, the restructuring provision of NCLB has holes you can drive a truck through, and everyone is free to ignore AYP etc. as a rating system. Same reason why the state of Washington dropped their waiver- it is a pretty empty threat.

    Once you accept the logic of the waiver process (I don’t) then from the standpoint of the feds the alternative to CC is getting the higher ed establishment to bless whatever it is the state has adopted. When Oklahoma did not get around to doing that for whatever reason (?) the loss of the waiver was almost certain to happen. It’s not like this is going to flip the votes in the Oklahoma legislature- they are out and the matter looks settled to me.

    If Duncan revokes Title funding for Oklahoma schools or something of that nature, then the Hotel California narrative gets completely validated and I will don the potato sack and write a post about what a naive fool I have been all along. This however looks like a non-event that Oklahoma did not bother to avoid when it was within their power to do so.

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