MEDIA WATCH: Corporate 'reform' groups to declare Common Core a success before there is even a Common Core record to measure
The eyes of some of the nation should be on the National Press Club on Thursday, May 3, 2012, to see just how gullible the members of the elite Washington press corps are. Why? Because that afternoon three of the eldest Astroturf (i.e., phony grass roots) corporate school reform organization are hosting a shindig at the National Press Club to declare that the as yet non-existent "Common Core" math standards are a success.
How is that possible, even in the ever adaptive fantasyland of corporate school reform in the USA? It's actually been the norm across the USA since the first professors was paid by the first plutocrat to prepare and present pompous apologetics for the first really bad idea in social theory, whether it was the perpetuation of slavery in the USA or the proof that IQ was genetically determined and that therefore there was not much hope for improving the "feeble minded" through investments in public education. The latest generation of professorial apologists for the teacher bashing, union busting, and privatization attacks on public schools have thrived in Chicago more than anywhere else, where they were key to the continuation of the dictatorial "Mayoral Control Model" of public school governance and such policies as "Probation", "Renaissance," and "The Turnaround Model."
Schmidt, of course, is not the only professor to be subsidized in the pursuit of the proof that corporate "school reform" is really the best thing for American public schools, but the appearance before the National Press Club in May 2012, before any of the claims of "Common Core" has been done in any classroom or school long enough to see whether it has any validity in the real world of real teachers and real children, is one of the more dramatic examples of how professorial propaganda becomes part of the mainstream of the teacher bashing, union busting and privatization narratives.
Below, a press release issued on April 27, 2012 to virtually all of the nation's media:
NEW RESEARCH LINKS COMMON CORE MATH STANDARDS TO HIGHER ACHIEVEMENT
Specifications Provide Assurance that New Devices will be Compatible with Next-Generation Assessments
Washington, D.C. – April 27, 2012 – Dr. William Schmidt, Michigan State University Distinguished Professor and co-director of the schools [sic] Education Policy Center, will discuss his new research, Common Core State Standards Math: The Relationship Between High Standards, Systemic Implementation and Student Achievement, demonstrating that the K-12 Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for mathematics are needed and, if implemented well, can improve student achievement.
Schmidt's work focuses on the strong resemblance of the CCSS for mathematics to the standards of the highest-achieving nations; the improvement in focus, coherence and rigor of the CCSS for mathematics beyond the state standards they replaced; and the link between higher National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) mathematics scores and states with standards closely aligned to the CCSS for mathematics.
The event is being co-sponsored by Achieve, Chiefs for Change and the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
WHO: William Schmidt, Professor, Michigan State University Mike Cohen, President, Achieve John Bailey, Advisor, Chiefs for Change
WHAT: Release of new research on the Common Core State Standards for mathematics
WHEN: Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. ET
WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th floor, Washington, D.C., First Amendment Room
Please RSVP to Vernitta Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 419-1568.
William Schmidt is a Michigan State University Distinguished Professor and co-director of the Education Policy Center. He holds faculty appointments in measurement and quantitative methods and the Department of Statistics. His current writing and research concerns issues of academic content in K-12 schooling, teacher preparation and the effects of curriculum on academic achievement. He is also concerned with educational policy related to mathematics, science and testing in general. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Chiefs for Change is a coalition of state school chiefs and leaders that share a zeal for education reform. Together, they provide a strong voice for bold reform on the federal, state and local level. They are committed to putting children first through bold, visionary education reform that will increase student achievement and prepare students for success in colleges and careers.