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Debunking the Common Core “The Emperor’s New Clothes” Narrative…. via The Bell News

The following post is reprinted with permission and it is a must read for anyone with children and grandchildren. It is also a must read for educators. Please do take time to check the links and read the other posts available!

Debunking the Common Core “The Emperor’s New Clothes” Narrative….

and why are education reformers/politicians ascribing to fairy tales for policy?

Should Common Core State Standards be considered an educational version of the story “The Emperor’s New Clothes”?  The standards are the promise of  new clothes for education but is there basis for believing there are any clothes at all?  From Wikipedia:

The Emperor’s New Clothes” (DanishKejserens nye Klæder) is a short tale byHans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!” The tale has been translated into over a hundred languages.[1]

Christopher H. Tienken, Editor of AAASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice provided commentary in the Winter 2011 publication entitled Common Core State Standards: An Example of Data-less Decision Making.

His research may just expose the standards to be unfit and fallacy to those who are critical thinkers asking for data determining their stated validity.  This article should be studied by educators, politicians, taxpayers, to understand the colossal farce Common Core standards are in terms of providing promises of educational improvement for American students as they are unproven and untested.

Tienken writes the standards have not been validated empirically and no metric has been set to monitor the intended and unintended consequences they will have on the education system and children (Mathis, 2010).  So why would governors and private trade organizations spend millions of taxpayer dollars on theories instead of verifiable researched data?  The CCSS proponents have bought into these two arguments:

  • America’s children are “lagging” behind international peers in terms of academic achievement, and
  • the economic vibrancy and future of the United States relies upon American students outranking their global peers on international tests of academic achievement because of the mythical relationship between ranks on those tests and a country’s economic competitiveness.

Where’s the data supporting the CCSS proponents’  arguments?  There isn’t much put forth by the education reformers.  So why are states and school districts implementing unproven and untested theories?  He defines the acceptance/lack of data for the unproven and untested CCSS assessments and implementation allegedly designed to enable students to become “globally competitive” with such sentences/phrases as:

  • An unbelievable suspension of logic and evidence
  • To believe that economic strength of the United States relies on how students rank on the Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) or the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), rather than reliance on policy (tax, trade, health, labor, finance, monetary, housing, natural resources policy)…”is like believing in the tooth fairy”
  • The “critical skills necessary to compete in the 21st century” are repackaged 19th century ideas and skills…they are “inert, sterile, socially static”…the CCSS are stuck in a curricular time machine set in 1858
  • Connecting an individual’s education achievement on a standardized test to a nation’s economic future is not empirically or logically acceptable and using that mythical connection for large-scale policymaking is civically reckless…when school administrators implement programs and policies built on those faulty arguments, they commit education malpractice
  •  More countries with national standards underperformed the US than did countries without national standards
  • To think that every student in this country should be made to learn the same thing is illogical—it lacks face validity…we should have learned from the Soviet Union that central planning does not work in the long-run
  • Standardization and testing are so entrenched in Singapore that every attempt to diversity the system has failedleaving Singapore a country that has high test scores but no creativity
  • (CCSS) creates a standardizing apparatus…we should respect differences among children, not try to extinguish them…there is a lot more going on here on the societal level than meets the eye…it’s more complex than the creators and vendors of the standards either understand or wish to present
  • Children have a right to a quality education.  School leaders, those who prepare them, and the people who lead our professional organizations have a duty to help provide the quality…if some education leaders choose to drink the snake oil then they should expect to get sick.  If some help sell it, they should resign.


He backs up his findings with 48 independent referenced sources.  It is worth your time to read his commentary that destroys the CCSS proponents’ arguments with methodical precision based on actual data.  Compare/contrast his research/reference with the data CCSSO and the NGA use:


Many school districts or schools have “data committees” that make school-widedecisions based on some type of data. Surely there must be quality data available publically to support the use of the CCSS to transform, standardize, centralize and essentially delocalize America’s public education system.  The official website for the CCSS claims to provide such evidence. The site alleges that the standards are “evidence based” and lists two homegrown documents to “prove” it: Myths vs Facts (NGA, 2010) and the Joint International Benchmarking Report (NGA, 2008).

 The Myths document presents claims that the standards have “made use of a large and growing body of knowledge” (p. 3).  Knowledge derives in part from carefully controlled scientific experiments and observations so one would expect to find references to high quality empirical research to support the standards.

When I reviewed that “large and growing body of knowledge” offered by the NGA, I found that it was not large, and in fact built mostly on one report, Benchmarking for Success, created by the NGA and the CCSSO, the same groups that created these standards; Hardly independent research.
The Benchmarking report has over 135 end notes, some of which are repetitive references. Only four of the cited pieces of evidence could be considered empirical studies related directly to the topic of national standards and student achievement.

The remaining citations were newspaper stories, armchair magazine articles, op-ed pieces, book chapters, notes from telephone interviews, and several tangential studies.

Many of the citations were linked to a small group of standardization advocates and did not represent the larger body of empirical thought on the topic”.

Tienken’s report needs to be sent to school boards, superintendents, state educational agencies, educational reform groups, governors and state legislators for their response to his research and conclusions.  These private and/or public entities need to asked why they support common core standards and provide the data to back up their beliefs and use of the standards.  If you get shocked faces and declarations from these groups/politicians such as “I do whatever _________ tells me to” (fill in the blank: state agency, federal government, governor, etc), you know the right to direct your school’s educational direction is in dire jeopardy.

Tienken writes those who perpetuate bad ideas based on flawed data are practicing poor leadership.  If some school leaders and their organizations do not want to stand up for children then they should stand down and let those who are will assume the leadership reins.

How do you believe these organizations/politicians will respond (if they do) to Tienken’s research?  Tienken welcomed rebuttal on his 2011 commentary:

“I welcome your rebuttals but please remember: Leave the opinions and ideology behind and bring the evidence”.


Do the CCSS proponents have anything other than opinions and ideology?   This commentary was published in Winter 2011.  I haven’t seen any data backing up CCSS proponents’ assertions, have you?   That’s odd as they state CCSS is data driven.  If they insist CCSS should be data driven, shouldn’t the foundational theory of their reforms consist of verifiable data to determine the veracity of their argument?

Dr. Tienken’s academic profile:

Christopher Tienken, Ed.D. is an assistant professor of Education Administration at Seton Hall University. He has public school administration experience as a PK-12 assistant superintendent, middle school principal, and elementary school assistant principal. He began his career in education as an elementary school teacher. Dr Tienken’s research interests include the effect and influence of professional development on teacher practice and student achievement, the construct validity of high-stakes standardized tests as decision-making tools about student achievement and school effectiveness, and curricular interventions used in schools to improve achievement. His research about the effects of professional development on student achievement has been recognized by the Institute of Education Sciences and the National Staff Development Council awarded him the Best Research Award in 2008.


The Alternate Reality of Life Without God

American Education is in the Dumpster

American Education is in the Dumpster (Photo credit: brewbooks)

Our children are now and have for years been taught by many in the public school system that God is simply an archaic need for an ignorant people. That if you are intelligent that you are responsible for your own actions and you don’t need any God to be subservient to. The reality is that without God, you are responsible for nothing.

Without God, there is no real consequence for any action that you do. Without God, if you choose to steal, maim, murder or any other deviant activity, your only consequences occur when your actions are deemed illegal by society and you are unfortunate enough to be caught. And still if you are clever or have enough money to hire a good attorney, the likelihood of your actually being held responsible is nil. And if you really do not care whether you live or die, there is no stopping you!

This is the society that we are in presently. An alternate reality where all there is is now, no judgment in the future, and if you are tired of living, no cost for anything after you are dead and gone. What person being raised in this society would not question as to whether there is any worth or value in any thing. Why would they consider the consequences of their actions when they have been told over and over by so many that their is no God and therefore no ultimate judgment upon them.

To them, the only value they have in life is what they take. The only worth they have is what they make of themselves. It is more important for people to know your name and read your facebook page than it is for you to do something that the future may appreciate and enjoy, something that God would consider worthy. The people they respect are those that get the most twitter followers, or the most votes for the idol of the week. There is no future for them because they have nothing to really look forward to.

They have not been taught the value of a job, the need to respect those who are older than them, the history of the country they live in, or even themselves sometimes. They have often spent their lives in depravity, being degraded by their own parents or teachers. Treated as hostiles in their schools with teachers that spend more time teaching them propaganda than they do in actual teaching of math, reading, history or any other subject that we at one time considered valuable. Schools where the politics is more important that the teaching.

They see no value in themselves and that makes it impossible to see value in anything else. They see noting in the future by continued emptiness unless they can make a name for themselves. This is the reality that our children have growing up without God in their lives. This is the sad state of affairs that we have allowed to happen.

Why did we allow this? Because we were lazy and didn’t want to rock the boat!!!! We put our trust in people that did not have our children’s interests at heart and that certainly had no desire to see God continue in their lives. We were negligent and didn’t make sure that our children were learning the lessons that they needed for life. Instead of teaching our children the essentials, in many cases those very people that we entrusted them with, betrayed that trust. They taught our children that they didn’t need God. That He was fiction and old, not something that was needed in anyone intelligent’s life. Therefore they took the natural trust of children and abused it, making them think that their own parents were nothing more than ignorant sheep, all the while they were teaching them to not ask questions of them, and not to listen to us.

The reality of life without God is that there is nothing but now!!! No real future, only what you can grab in the moment. There are no consequences for your actions because there is no judgment other than that of your peers. And if you have no consideration for your peers, no real stop on your actions. Life in the reality without God is a life of no worth, no future, no hope, and truly no love. It is a very sad place to be and if we don’t make a much bigger effort to teach our children of God, a place that will leave them on a fast path to eternal judgment!

Jesus Fulfills the Law Matthew 5:17-19

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“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

“For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

“Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

ARRA News Service: School Choice Week in Arkansas – Four Special Events

ARRA News Service: School Choice Week in Arkansas – Four Special Events.


School Choice Week in Arkansas – Four Special Events

“We have a moral and societal obligation to give our children the opportunity to succeed in school, at work, and in life. We cannot meet that obligation unless parents are empowered to select the best schools of their children. I encourage everyone who wants to see a transformation of American education to get involved in National School Choice Week.” ~ Bill Cosby 

by Laurie L M Lee:  We need a “regime change” in Arkansas Education. While Arkansas spends over $3 billion per year  on education and we have the most amazing teachers and best school facilities, Arkansas  is ranked 50th by Heartland Inst. for progress in learning and 37th in Academic Standards. WE NEED OPTIONS.Arkansas’ education system specifically its structures, its policies and its operational guidelines are failing our children. According to the U of A Ed Policy more than 25% of our students are NOT proficient in reading or math upon completion of the 8th grade and it gets worse from there.  Over 50% of Arkansas high school graduates have to go through remediation before taking their first college level course.

Education Week published a report last week grading states on educational policy and performance, Arkansas received a (D) in over all achievement K-12; (F) in spending and a (C-) in chance for success.

As of June 30,2011 Arkansas public school districts and ESC had outstanding loans and bonded indebtedness totaling over $3.5 BILLION, and increase of over $1billion in just 4 years. Arkansans spend the lions share of our general budget on education and the results are dreadful.

I am asked frequently how people can become more involved and help with issues in our state.
There are four events planned next week, Jan 23rd-28th, around Arkansas to shine a light on the need for options, giving ALL children a chance at excellence in education. Read the rest at:

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The Clash of the GIANTS!!! We Must Understand! As I see it, there are three major global systems, three GIANTS, at play on our current stage. They are all old and well-steeped in cultural tradition among those who adhere to them. They incorporate all facets of life, from family to politics, from education to religion. The tenets of these systems are "bred" into individuals, passed down from generation to generation. The fact that these systems cover all areas of life make them extraordinarily … Read More

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(a must watch) SEIU Stephen Lerner Tells Unions, and Students They Need To Escalate Spread The Crisis All Over US (via Randy’s Right)

This is your common everyday rhetoric from a Moonbat.   They're organizing, but so are Patriots. Randy's Right … Read More

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FreedomWorks – Report: HHS Suppressed Evidence of Massive ObamaCare Bailout Risk (via partneringwitheagles)

FreedomWorks - Report: HHS Suppressed Evidence of Massive ObamaCare Bailout Risk   By Dean Clancy on September 16, 2011   A trove of just-released internal Obama Administration documents reveals that the President's top health care advisors were fully aware that a key component of ObamaCare presented a massive taxpayer bailout risk, but they chose to suppress the information in their frenzy to push the controversial legislation through Congress. The documents, quoted extensively in a report released yesterday by the House Ene … Read More

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How Much American History do You Remember? (via blogsense-by-barb)

How Much American History do You Remember? I often hear in the media today that America has never been an truly Christian nation, and that those who presume so are deceived. Well … the evidence indicates to the contrary. OUR AMERICAN ROOTS: Many have recently argued that our beginnings were not essentially Christian. I suppose that depends on your definition of Christian, but the central focus, and the source of strength, wisdom, and consolation in the early American settlements was the … Read More

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Randy’s Right Alert…Jobs Bill Force States to Surrender Sovereignty (via Randy’s Right)

Randy's Right Alert...Jobs Bill Force States to Surrender Sovereignty SEC. 376. FEDERAL AND STATE IMMUNITY. (a) Abrogation of State Immunity- A State shall not be immune under the 11th Amendment to the Constitution from a suit brought in a Federal court of competent jurisdiction for a violation of this Act. (b) Waiver of State Immunity- (1) IN GENERAL- (A) WAIVER- A State's … Read More

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SBA List – President Obama is completely beholden to the radical abortion lobby and must be defeated (via partneringwitheagles)

SBA List - President Obama is completely beholden to the radical abortion lobby and must be defeated Hmmm… exactly how many battles are we fighting simultaneously? An ILLEGITIMATE "commander in chief", runnaway spending, crippling deficit, normalizing a perverse lifestyle in school (right down to preschoolers), the distinct possibility of losing our "preferred currency" status, … We can't let up on this either; Roe V Wade is far from over. I'm one of the 46 M americans "below the poverty level", so I can't contribute to SBA, BUT spread this … Read More

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