Victoria M. Young 
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Re: “Bill CopeCrumbling Foundations 3

Does the WHOLE education system stink? Really? How have we done so well as a nation? And what are we basing our evaluation on?

The first step we need to take in "improvement" (and yes, I am saying with certainty that we have places & things to improve) is to have an honest evaluation of the problems. THAT is hard to do when information - very, very important information (government research) - has been suppressed.…

What has been sold to the U.S. is "standardization" practices packaged as "standards" - always better, always higher.

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Posted by Victoria M. Young on 04/10/2014 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Idaho Ed News: State Trustees Support Common Core, Restoring Pre-Recession Funding

Common Core for all in Idaho if its School Board Association has its way...and No Child Left Behind was a bipartisan effort that only took SEVEN weeks to pass size fits all?...again.

Posted by Victoria M. Young on 11/10/2013 at 12:31 PM

Re: “The (Common) Core of the Matter

Developed by a coalition of state governments?

The Original Development Team included:
David Coleman - president of Student Achievement Partners (see also Jason Zimba) president of the College Board and McKinsey & Co. consultant

Phil Daro of America's Choice (acquired by Pearson book publisher) & Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) - supplier of Core Curriculum & associated with Goldman Sachs Foundation

Susan Eddins - Illinois & Science Academy Educational Consultant as well as Fortune 500 consultant

Sol Garfunkel executive director of COMAP - supplying curriculum materials - with advisers from Decision Systems Inc. ( specializing in "business intelligence" and data mining for IBM & Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Inst., Proctor Houston & Assoc., Ferrio Assoc. - ed tech marketing firm who work with Dana Center and Istron Group....funding...a long list but includes Exxon, Department of Ed, IBM, get the idea

Jason Zimba - private college professor with assoc. to Student Achievement Partners who board of advisors include Phil Daro and Jim Rosenthal - assoc. with Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, Lehman Brothers & McKinsey & Co.

Andrew Chen president of EduTron Corporation - interactive course ware 6-12

Uri Treisman executive director of Charles A. Dana Center - assoc. with the National Governors Assoc., CCSSO - Council of Chief State School Officers, Agile Mind - "internet tools at a fraction of the costs" & the Gates Foundation

Matthew Davis director of reading program at Core Knowledge Foundation...E.D. Hirsch writer of Core Curriculum Jr.

Both David and Meredith Liben of Liben Education Consulting, L.L.C. - Student Achievement Partner

Louisa Moats - Moats Associates Consulting, Inc.

Laura Mongello - VP Product Development, The Quarasan Group Inc. - private publishing & content development whose clientele includes Pearson

Gates funded Achieve members - William McCallum, Laura McGiffert Slover, Douglas Sovde, JoAnne T. Eresh, Susan Pimentel

ACT associations - Ken Mullen, Nina Metzner, Jim Patterson

Private Colleges - you want to trace the funding? - 11 represented.

Someone else should do the math also. It was a 135 member team. Who got represented?

What I don't understand is why - with so many publishers, tech, curriculum developers, etc. on this list - are they dragging their feet? Questioning their "investments"?

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Posted by Victoria M. Young on 07/31/2013 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Idaho House Approves Facility Funding Plan for Public Charters

BE AWARE: Currently for-profit education investors build buildings without open bid processes required of real public schools. Our federal dollars and "philanthropists" footed the costs to float these experiments in free-market "public" eduction.

BE AWARE: Joe & Jane Q Taxpayer are not really represented on charter boards. Oversight? Transparency? Accountability? Simple accounting? Good luck. Taxation without representation?

BE AWARE: In Idaho, 16% of charters are under-achieving (Luna STAR system findings) while only 8% of real public schools find themselves on that same list (and many of those are alternative schools). Charters are twice as likely to fail. Build more?

BEWARE: The sheep don't think about what they do; they just follow the ideology they are told will work. Who is it working for?

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Posted by Victoria M. Young on 03/06/2013 at 8:18 AM

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