Opinion

Bad Apple For Teachers: The Rotten Center Of Common Core Testing

New York’s Sen. Terry Gipson (D-Rhinebeck) has introduced legislation to end the state’s use of testing giant Pearson, the corporation that has a five-year, $32 million deal with the state to develop Common Core tests.

“It has been brought to our attention by teachers, administrators, school boards, parents and others that the exams Pearson is providing are flawed with mistakes and inappropriate material,” Gipson said. “This is a for-profit corporation funded with taxpayer money, so we have more than enough reason to ask the state education department to cease and desist all relations.”

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once wrote, “To me consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects … What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner ‘I stand for consensus’?”

It seems a number of states – and their teachers – are offering up a rebuttal to the tyranny of the Core assessments. Teachers realize that education is about more than scores on an exam. To the test-heavy regime, they say, “we object.”

Sarah Perry is a Senior Fellow at Family Research Council.