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03 March 2014 @ 11:36 am
What was this person thinking?  
The Huffington Post ran a blog this weekend entitled MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WOULD SUPPORT THE COMMON CORE IF THEY KNEW WHAT IT WAS: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/19/americans-support-common-core_n_4817391.html?&ir=Education&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000023.

Wow. My head reels. Here is the logic. Most Americans do not know about the CCSS. That number in a recent poll was 58%. But since the majority of Americans also support having a common set of standards and of holding all kids accountable to the same benchmarks. Ergo, most Americans would support CCSS. Bit of a logic slip here. I also wish I could see the actual survey. The link in the blog takes me to a site for an organization called 50CAN which does not have the survey itself. Instead, I did find some references to some of the other posts with not-quite straightforward information.

For instance, remember the survey that indicated a vast majority of teachers favored CCSS? What hapopened on that survey is that it dcombined the "somewhat" with the "strongly" agree. But what is we combine instead the "somewhat" agree with the "somewhat" disagree? Then, the percentages shift to a majority who do NOT find CCSS something of value (more than 60%). Playing with numbers is fun, right? Oh, and let's add in that the study was funded by the Gates Foundation. No problem there, eh?

We need to read these stories and posts and surveys with a critical eye (maybe CLOSE READING?) to see what is really being said, reported, surveyed. If I were a bit more paranoid...
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