"Firms that earn significant income by selling tests, textbooks, and professional development sponsor the entities that developed the Core and own its copyright (the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers)." (Pg. 10 The Common Core: A Poor Choice for States by Joy Pullmann)
More specifically, there are three billionaire families who are currently controlling education policy: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and the Walton Foundation.
These three billionaire families paid five men from two small Washington D.C. lobbist groups (networking organizations and political activist who seek to move states in a certain direction to favor their agenda) namely the National Governors Association (NGA)and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)$150 Million to write this National curriculum. The Gates family then spent $2.5 Billion dollars to buy-off the media to promote the CC curriculum.
The NGA name misleads you to believe or, at least envision 50 state governors rolling up their sleeves to work on education doesn't it
Don't be fooled; it is a body of corporation representatives who lobby Governors and offer their financial "support" to install that corporation's agenda - profit.
David Coleman, the chief person responsible for writing the Common Core (CC) English Language Arts Standards has NEVER Taught as a Licensed teacher. Coleman's current College Board bio where he currently works reveals he has no credible qualifications to create a national ELA curriculum standard. Coleman who attended NYC public schools went on to attend Yale University where as a student he "taught" reading to low-income high school students.
Coleman's undergrad major at Yale is never mentioned. Coleman created Branch, a community service program and was offered an Rhodes Scholarship where he studied some English literature and educational philosophy at Cambridge in Oxford United Kingdom. He NEVER earned a degree or even studied Education to become a teacher at ANY level.
What qualifies David Coleman to write national ELA curriculum standards?
Right out of College Coleman did not work in Public Education at any level instead he worked for McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm that serves leading businesses, governments, non governmental organizations, and not-for-profits. Coleman's first five years of "work in education" at McKinsey was not at all in teaching but in manufacturing outcomes-based assessments. It turns out, Coleman pushed profits for text book publishing and outcomes-based assessment companies. Coleman's Grow Network a venture he created to do create more assessments was acquired by McGraw Hill (a textbook publishing company)in 2005. Coleman left McrGraw in 2 years and co-founded yet another outcomes-based assessments company - Student Achievement Partners was there a short five years wherein he was paid by the Gates to write the ELA CC curriculum standards. Now Coleman is the CEO of the College Board where he is currently working on making the SATs and College Curriculum CC compliant.
So, how is Common Core a State Standard when it was written (in part) by a corporate executive?
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Without having had any input or say in the creation of CC how did these 46 states get suckered into adopting it?