Who is David Coleman and Why Should You Care?   2 comments

David Coleman has never been a teacher.  And he’s kind of a jerk and a potty mouth.  But this architect of Common Core is now President of the College Board.


He is Michelle Rhee’s treasurer at StudentsFirst.  He openly mocks narrative writing and classic literature.  He thinks literature is inferior to nonfiction (info-texts) and his Common Core does mandate the minimalizing of literature in English classes.

Explaining why he believes students need less literature and less narrative writing practice, he says, “As you grow up in this world you realize people really don’t give a shit about what you feel or what you think.” –Coleman at NY State Department of Education presentation, April 2011

His bizarre ideas go virtually unchallenged.

A lot of English teachers disagree with him quietly.  But he’s the chief architect of the K-12 ELA Common Core national standards and President of the College Board. What can we do?  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/16/education/david-coleman-to-lead-college-board.html

At least, we should be aware of his mind operates; it affects all of us now.

He’s now aligning the K-12 Common Core national standards with college entrance exam standards.

Aligning the ACT and SAT to the CCSS will require lowering college standards.  If the K-12 CCSS were truly college- and career-ready standards, then why would anyone adjust the “standard measures” of college readiness?  http://boston.com/community/blogs/rock_the_schoolhouse/2012/05/the_wrong_lesson_on_national_s.html

So Coleman’s work is now to lower standards for most college students across the nation.  Why?

One of the lies of Common Core is that it raises standards for all.  This doesn’t even make logical sense.  How can everyone be brought to a single standard without holding back the highest achievers and without rushing the struggling achievers?  In reality, Common Core raises standards for students in states who had low standards before, and lowers standards for states who has higher ones before (like Massachusetts).

Stanford Professor Michael Kirst explained that Common Core’s

“standards for college and career readiness are essentially the same. This implies the answer is yes to the question of whether the same standards are appropriate for 4 year universities, 2 year colleges, and technical colleges. The burden of proof for this assertion rests with CCSSO/NGA, and the case is not proven…”       http://collegepuzzle.stanford.edu/?p=466

These Coleman lies need exposure.  The illogical claims need exposure.  Colleges need to speak up and demand the removal of Coleman from the College Board and abolish his plot to create a single, common educational denominator for all.

2 responses to “Who is David Coleman and Why Should You Care?

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  1. I imagine Common Core started out as a good idea – not a bad idea that we can move anywhere in the country and the educational basics will have some common ideas. However seems the NGA forgot who they were dealing with, that the Hate America First PC Leftist Democrat activists would be the framers of their great idea. …that it would not be the American Dream, Traditions and History that would be taught, but the vision of those who believe America is a flawed, unfair, racist country that needs to be fixed. …by them. …leveraging our children. California, Massachusetts, New York, etc. were never going to respect a rational American Common Core – just the opposite. ..they were going to corrupt the rest of the country with their ignorant, hateful, PC nonsense. Even in my small city, we see subtle changes over the years. Elementary school history curriculum (American History) replaced with “world cultures”, a response to old cries that Americans are too focused on our own success and greatness and don’t appreciate “others”. All this tracks close to the other great educational disaster of our time, the global warming fraud. Here, students are told just enough to believe that we control the earth’s weather with the car we drive or the thermostat setting of our homes, but even at the university level students are not told of the theoretical absurdities that form the foundation for this nonsense. Simply put, they are not told enough to ask intelligent questions that could lead to doubt in the classroom.

    I would like to help you but my profession is very public so I can’t openly rock the boat.

  2. Pingback: The Cost to Children of a Common Core of Greed | COMMON CORE

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