"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Friday, October 03, 2014

Weingarten Pumps Common Core--Cites Gates Phony Research

As a dues-paying member, I get AFT Online.  This from today:
Common Core can work if teachers get supports

A new poll from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Scholastic reinforces what educators say all the time: The Common Core State Standards can work if teachers have the time, tools and trust to implement them, and if the standards are decoupled from the testing fixation that has taken hold in this country thanks to No Child Left Behind and Race to The Top, AFT President Randi Weingarten says. "It's not surprising that the testing fixation and its detrimental impact are at the top of the list of concerns teachers have around implementation," she says. "Nor is it surprising that the longer teachers have had to engage with the standards, the more latitude they have had in their classrooms and the more support kids have had, the more they see the standards' positive effects on students. All teachers who are using the standards need that preparation, autonomy and support."
If, if, if. 

If Weingarten would just go away and get a job where she doesn't have to pretend to advocate for public education and teachers.

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