I am sick to death of the failure on the part of most journalists to do their homework. Their talking points seem to come from the Arne Duncan Playbook. Damn the critics; play the global competition card; decry the sorry state of education (and, correct me here, did these journalists not go through American school systems?). The only good interview I have seen of late came from Jon Stewart's DAILY SHOW interview of Diane Ravitch. Is it not beyond belief that the most reliable "news" seems to come from Comedy Central?
So, let me put forth some talking points so that reporters and journalists and hosts of news shows can simply crib from me. Pose these queries of proponents of CCSS, please.
1. Describe exactly how the states wrote the standards.
2. Explain how this is NOT a federal program when RttT is tied to adoption of CCSS.
3. How were experts (teachers) involved in this process?
4. What of the charges that there are some standards that are not developmentally appropriate?
5. Talk about the fact that test scores will plummet and how that will affect kids.
6. What about the role of poverty? How do we address that?
7. When we control for poverty, the differences in the global comparisons seem to almost vanish. So, should we not address poverty first and foremost?
8. What is the research underpinning the CCSS standards? Is this good pedagogy?
9. How will adding more tests improve education?
10.Talk about why education needs reform. Really.