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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Where Did Common Core Come From?

Where did the new fad in education, called Common Core, come from and how did it spread so rapidly? I will share with you what was revealed in a news article in the Washington Post (6-7-14). It is called “How Bill Gates Pulled Off the Swift Common Core Revolution.” This Washington Post article states: “The Gates Foundation spread money all across the political spectrum to influential entities including the big teachers unions, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, and business organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” which then became vocal backers of Common Core. The Gates Foundation didn’t merely bankroll the development of Common Core, but spent “more than $200 million” to build political support designed to persuade state governments to make systemic and costly changes. The Washington Post also reported that “Gates money went to state and local groups to help influence policymakers and civic leaders.” Gates found a major booster in President Obama, who filled his Administration with Gates Foundation staffers and associates. The Gates Foundation put more than $200 million into promoting Common Core and persuading state governments to adopt it.

Publishing companies soon learned that they could make lots of money by rolling out what were called “Common Core-aligned” books and materials that schools had to buy in order to align with the new, untested national standards and prepare students to take Common Core-approved tests. And, of course, every student needed a computer to take the Common Core tests, so computer sales to schools and students skyrocketed. That’s how big money launched and promoted Common Core.

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