Kilroy is no Nostradamus but I told you so! Re: Race to The Top / Common Core Standards

Obama’s big second-term education problem Posted by Valerie Strauss on April 28, 2013 Washington Post

Why? However fine the intentions were of the Obama administration officials, critics say that the reforms were not well thought out, not based in solid research and were rushed into implementation. They also say that the totality of the reforms have ignored the most basic problem in public education: equity in educational opportunity. Students from wealthy families continue to do far better than middle-class and lower-class families — and that gap keeps growing.

There are problems with Race to the Top. Many of the states that collectively won more than $4 billion in Race to the Top money are facing big challenges in implementing them according to a February 2013 report by the Education Department.  The biggest problems: implementing new educator evaluation standards and creating sophisticated student data systems that are supposed to be able to inform teaching. The whole notion of competitive grants in education has driven critics to say that the administration has ignored equity issues.

Furthermore, the growth of for-profit charter management companies has highlighted the move toward privatization of public education, which many believe is damaging the country’s most important civic institution.

Just a few selected paragraphs so please read the entire article here 

5 responses to “Kilroy is no Nostradamus but I told you so! Re: Race to The Top / Common Core Standards

  1. Actually you said it about Rodel long before Obama came into office…. 🙂

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  3. DE Teacher

    That was a good article. It puts the pieces together quickly. As a Delaware teacher, I am so disappointed at how all of these reforms are being implemented. I feel like they are building the plane as it is flying, but we are still supposed to give the passengers a first class experience. The thing is, our students are not customers. We are the teachers they are supposed to be learning from. We offer, they achieve.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      “We are the teachers they are supposed to be learning from”

      And all this reform drags on teachers, self-esteem, pride, creativity individuality that is the driving force chasing “good” teachers away. We need standards but not the obsession with testing. We need supers in their offices not down in Dover. $8.2 million dollars could have been better spent on parent coaches not data coaches!
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