Delaware’s governor sent to hospital due to botched enema re: Common Core Standards #netDE #edude

Sell: Delaware teachers are fully supporting Common Core John Sell is Delaware’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. He now is assistant principal at Sussex Technical High School.

As students prepare to return to school later this month, teachers also are readying for the new academic year. And this year, they are entering their classrooms with an important tool: clearer, more rigorous and more focused standards for mathematics and English language arts.

Gee, it sounds like like the Jack Markell kool-aid has passed through the digestive system for some and have masturbated the brain cell receptors.  Just what students needed, more rigorous standards replacing less rigorous standards they failed to meet. Now the question is, are the changes in standards more reflective of addressing teaching standards or academic standards relevant to academic subject content.  

Adopted by Delaware’s State Board of Education in August 2010 and being implemented across the state this year, the research-based Common Core State Standards were developed by a coalition of education and business leaders, parents and other experts from across the country in a yearslong effort that drew bipartisan support.

What a fucking joke! FYI, the state board adopted the “national common core standards” because they HAD TOO! Do you honestly think  Delaware’s first education czar Governor Jack Markell would “allow” the board to reject it! There has never been national common core standard and the research-based data is inconclusive in determining the effectiveness on “teaching” and “learning”.

In fact, teachers, including the National Education Association and Delaware State Education Association, have lauded the standards in part because they provide educators with manageable curriculum goals while preserving teachers’ professional judgment in planning the best instructional strategy to meet their students’ needs. That is an important point worth restating: classroom curriculum, which includes materials and lesson plans, remains a local decision.

As long as the adopted standards that will drive the Smarter Balanced Assessment test aka a nationalized standardized test don’t migrated into teacher evaluation impacting their employment will teacher “laud” the standards.

In fact, in an October 2012 survey by EPE Research Center, 76 percent of the teachers agreed Common Core State Standards will help them improve their own instruction and classroom practice. And 87 percent reported they already either fully or partially integrated the new standards into their classroom instruction.

Is this the same survey many teachers were reluctant to participate in where the timeline window for responses was extended? Also, one would think teachers would have integrated these standards or any standards required by their districts!  

Delaware has always had academic standards. The Common Core State Standards are different in that they are more rigorous and in that they are aligned with those in almost every other state across the country. That is important because it means that a child in Claymont will receive just as rigorous an education as a peer in Clayton and the bar for what is proficient in Delaware is just as high as in California. The standards ensure that all students, no matter what school they attend, are being taught what they need to know to be prepared for college or career.

What the Fuck! The state already has state standards associated with DSTP and now DACS, The problem in the past with Delaware was, the cluster-fucks in Dover supported by state legislators like Senator Dave Sokola rolled out the DSTP when the standards and curriculum weren’t aligned.  DSTP was the test to be used to hold 20% of teachers pay to student DSTP performance / meeting the standards.  The “common core standards” isn’t really about preparing students for college as it’s more about setting the bricks and mortar to formulate a national standardized teacher evaluation system that will hold teachers “jobs” accountable. But meantime back on the ranch nothing has been don’t to effectively hold parents accountable for their children’s lack of preparedness and social behaviors negatively impacting their education and that of their fellow classmates.

The Common Core State Standards – available for public review online at – emphasize critical thinking and problem-solving, leading students to think more deeply about fewer topics. In the classroom, this might mean a kindergartner will learn to use a combination of drawing, dictating and writing to describe an event and then describe his or her reactions to it. A fifth-grader will learn to graph points in the 2-D coordinate plane to solve problems. More examples are available on the website.

So going from teacher of the year where I assume and individual approach of teaching outside the box within the parameters of the standards and curriculum now makes one the poster-child for the national common core standards? Pay attention future want-to-be teachers of the year! Let’s get those bumper-sticker that read I Love CCSS on back of your cars. Those who dare speaking-out against the CCSS and it’s evil sister The Smarter Balanced Assessment can forget about being teacher of the year! 

In short, the standards do not tell teachers how to teach. They outline what students should be learning in a grade and will help us ensure that every Delaware student graduates well prepared for college or career.

Kilory translation = no matter which end your mouth or ass you stick the enema hose in the results will be the same!

When you take the word “standards” and you attach it to national common core standards you have two different beast! Delaware has always had effective standards and the so-called failures in Delaware’s education system are a result of intrusion by the business round-table and a few rich white guys who have nothing else to do with their money. Politicians like Governor Markell who put control of Delaware public schools up for sale to the like of Rodel and personal career goals have caused grave damage to the foundation of our state education system. Markell is a master when in comes to this wrongheaded education reform agenda! He even has many Delaware Republican kissing his ass! When Delaware Republican legislators pull their legislation that will add greater transparency you know we’ve hit an all time low! It’s pretty sad when local Republicans guards the door of transparency while Jack Markell runs in wrongheaded agenda.    

17 responses to “Delaware’s governor sent to hospital due to botched enema re: Common Core Standards #netDE #edude

  1. It’s a shame to see that TOTY is a political prize.


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  3. it has been that way ever since Sokola and Jacques sneaked words into Delaware’s code as a procedural matter, which states that groveling and bribes would would be quintessential in making the determination of Delaware’s Teacher of The Year. ..

    Humor aside, there are very serious problems with Sell’s analysis and his insistence on Common Cores overwhelming approval among teachers. The survey garnering 67% was done at a think tanks website by only those “registered to the website.” Not only did teachers respond, but corporate “instructional specialists” were included in the mix. The think tank is of course funded by the Gates, the Walton, and the Joyce foundation.

    When finding out only 600 people responded to a Common Core Friendly website, and still… only 67% were in favor,… it means something is seriously wrong with Common Core. When can we find out what the other 455,000 teachers in America think of this program.

    Point is, when you have to spin data at the beginning of your sales pitch, the car is a lemon. Most people do the test drive first.


  4. So the same question I have asked others I will ask here…I know many other things have been tied in with conversations about CCSS, but if we are to have a conversation about the actual standards…Tell me what exactly you are opposed to in the actual standards…
    What actual standard or standards are you opposed to?

    Why is it bad to raise expectations for what students are taught and learn? Curriculum is developed from the standards, assessments are developed from the standards, not the reverse. So if states have chosen to strengthen their standards to better prepare students for college, career and the competitive global economy how is that a bad thing? Shouldn’t we embrace the strengthening of those standards? I strongly believe we should have stronger standards, not continue to use the previous Delaware Content Standards which were under-preparing students for college.

    Now if its the political or perceived connections between standards changing, assessments changing, funding streams, and federal initiatives like RTTT – that is a completely different conversation in my opinion. That is not a conversation about the actual standards.

    I know many teachers and they are all in support of the implementation of CCSS, they feel that in some grade levels more than others (I have friends that are teachers from K – 12) the shifts in content and the rigor of the standards is going to require more of them and with everything else going on in the form of changes regarding what they do, it can be a bit daunting of a task, but NOT ONE of them has ever said they don’t believe that these standards are not what is best for children and in the end that is what you must always ask your self. Are we preparing the children the best that we possibly can. All the teachers I know believe this gives kids a better shot at being prepared, even though it is more work for teachers in terms of learning the standards, preparing more rigorous lessons, finding appropriate curricular materials. Perhaps that is why they were adopted in 2010 and not fully implemented until the end of the 2013-14 school year, to allow for those necessary transitions in preparing teachers.


    • lastDEconservative

      And here I thought regular political campaigns start too early … here MHS has vaulted ahead of any possible competition for next year’s Teacher of the Year award!! Well done!! Now about those KoolAid stains on your shirt/blouse …

      On a day when I thought there might be hope, MHS has put me back in my place. Of despair, that is.


    • alas, I now see the problem, LDC apparently does not know how to answer a direct question…perhaps you would do well in a Presidential debate…The question is still there…

      What exactly are you opposed to in the actual CCSS Standards?

      If you cannot answer that question specifically then any further conversation is pointless. If you are against the CCSS, then by all means point out which standards you have concerns with.


    • those who support the standards often want to separate the conversation, but for me, you can’t. It is about 10th Amendment and control issues.

      Also, please produce, one, just one, shred of evidence that these higher standards will yield better educated children.

      just one.


    • John,

      What is your evidence that what we are doing is yielding well educated children?


    • I have made no such assertion.


    • So then you have a different option?


    • So, you admit that the standards are more rigorous and you are seriously asking if higher standards results in deeper learning for children?? Wow that’s interesting, just read that back again. You want research that verifies that if you teach students material that is more rigorous that they learn more? Really? Ok….do you want research that says water is wet too?
      Here you go:
      A study from 2005, that helped inform the decision by many Governors to develop a team of educators and content experts to create the ccss said, “The Foundation report concludes that, based on the success of multiple countries, school districts, and other “complex sectors,” that a compelling path towards increased achievement and student success has emerged. This path “requires educators and communities to demand that students, teachers, and communities are appropriately challenged; articulate a theory of action that is equitable, scalable, and ultimately practical; and design a system of operations that supports high performance.”

      An article specifically referencing that ccss math can improve student achievement –

      Of course as anyone knows standards are aspirational goals on paper. The real challenge is bringing those standards to life in the classroom. Great teachers armed with a curriculum based on rigorous standards will prepare more kids for college and career. The results will depend upon the curriculum designed by districts around those standards and the professional learning and development teachers receive to deliver it. Which is exactly what the Brookings Report was saying as well. Several research studies have both supported the rigor of the standards since their release, provided a research base for which to develop the standards, and called for intense professional learning for teachers in order to implement ccss based curriculum effectively.


    • In his own way LDC has given his answer. Which is that in his mind education is completely political; that he doesn’t care what the evidence is on any topic; that he has made his mind up and he’s gonna stick to it; and that trolling beats any reasonable discourse.
      I have read your points and they sound reasonable. My main problem is that the aspirations of the Common Core is going to run into the unique culture and education policy of this diverse nation.


    • lastDEconservative

      Don’t get near MHS with matches. Straw men combust easily, and the argument turns to smoke.


    • lastDEconservative

      Ditto for Ed Watcher.


  5. Pigeon on the Green

    Jack is running for President. The economy is awful here so the only thing he can campaign on is so called education reform.


    • Agreed, though he probably knows that 2016 is impossible (Hillary), but a 2018 Senate run when Carper retires (?) is always possible. Plus there’s always those Beltway jobs and corporate education companies to fall back on.