Ohio Rising interviewed Dr. Sandra Stotsky. One of the national leaders in the fight against Common Core. Her story about the problems with Common Core itself and the development of the standards will not just inform you, it will anger you. You will come away from listening to this podcast an activist against Common Core.
Dr. Sandra Stotsky is currently a Professor from the University of Arkansas in the Department of Education Reform.
Her research ranges from the quality of teacher licensure tests to the question of gender bias in the English curriculum. She reviews books in education and writes op-eds commenting on current educational fads. She is an advocate of standards-based reform and strong academic standards and assessments for students and teachers.
Dr. Stotsky serves on the Advisory Board for the Pioneer Institute’s Center for School Reform (which has some of the best information on Common Core around). She serves on the ERIC Steering Committee for the US Department of Education and on the Steering Committee for the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) reading assessment framework for 2009.
While serving as Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education, she directed complete revisions of the state’s preK-12 standards for every major subject that have been judged among the best in the country by independent experts.
Dr. Stotsky has been very critical of the Common Core State Standards, refusing to sign off on the standards as a member of the Validation Committee.
She has begun touring the country, spreading the message why Common Core is not the path we should go on as nation to teach our students.
Questions from the interview
What is Common Core?
What is the history of Common Core? How was it developed?
Just one name… Bill Gates? Other companies that were involved?
One of the big arguments being presented by supporters, is that Common Core was developed by the states, this it is local control. Do you agree with that statement?
Do you think Common Core is, or will become, a national curriculum?
What part did Race to the Top money play in the implementation of Common Core?
You and Dr. James Milgram have been very vocal of your opposition to Common Core. Neither of you signed off on Common Core in the Validation Committee process. Why did you not sign off?
Why you think the Common Core standards are not high quality standards?
What about the standards for math? The new way of learning, base 10, has given parents headaches all over the country.
What do you think a parent or citizen could do to make a difference on Common Core?