Peggy Noonan asks 11 important questions about the Common Core’s implementation

by Mr. Sheehy

There sure is a lot of money floating around. Who is watching how those who’ve contracted to do Common Core-related work are doing their jobs? . . .

The people who developed and created Common Core need to look now at themselves. Who is responsible for the nonsensical test questions? Who oversees the test makers? Do the questions themselves reflect the guidance given to teachers—i.e., was the teaching itself nonsensical? How was implementation of the overall scheme supposed to work? Who decided the way to take on critics was to denigrate parents, who supposedly don’t want their little darlings to be revealed as non-geniuses, and children, who supposedly don’t want to learn anything? Who among these serious people chose sarcasm as a strategy? Who decided the high-class pushback against the pushback should be defensive and dismissive? Did anyone bother to get actual parents in on the planning and development? Were women there, and mothers? Maybe parents with kids in the public school system?

Read the rest of Peggy Noonan’s article. Her descriptions of where the problems lie are, to my mind, accurate–for the most part the trouble is not the standards but the implementation.