May 03 2013

Bizarre Common Core Ad Campaign on NYC Subway

Riding the Subway today I saw this poster about the Common Core tests.  I won’t analyze it at length here.  Just take a look at how far away the basket is from the kid.  If he can’t make that shot, would it mean that his basketball coach is ‘ineffective’?

21 Responses

  1. jokefest

    Gary–We can’t be satisfied with the status quo; we need to push our students to repeatedly practice the academic-equivalent of 3/4 court shots if they are to be college and career ready. No matter how many times a student may miss he should keep shooting that shot again and again and again. Coach David Coleman– the John Wooden-esque guru of the Common Core worldview has said so. And who are we to argue with him? Only when a student makes that shot in a high stakes situation can we know that we know that he has hit his learning target and that we have not failed him.

  2. Christian Fisher

    Ridiculous! Why is the basket that far away?

  3. DP

    No, just his teachers. :)

  4. Mary Rose O'Leary

    Is that, by any chance, a yellow brick road leading to the basket?

    Does it bother anybody else that the new jargon never talks about wanting to prepare students for democracy?

  5. MK

    Hi Gary,

    Sorry to post this here, but I’m unsure of how to send you a message directly. I accepted a position with TFA earlier this year and am now beginning to realize its not a good fit for me. I haven’t yet done institute or even taken my exams (nor, thankfully, have I quit my current job) but I’m wondering if there are any consequences to quitting before I’ve really started. I hope to be attending law school next year and want to be sure this won’t affect my chances. You seem to be somewhat of an authority on the realities of TFA and I’m curious to hear your thoughts.

    • Gary Rubinstein

      Knowing TFA, you’ll owe them some money if you quit, but no more than that. Maybe it won’t even cost you anything. Let me know what happens.

      • MaribelCruz

        Who took this picture? Which school?

        • Gary Rubinstein

          I took it. It was on a subway.

    • Meg

      You would only owe them money if you had received money from them (such as transitional funding). You can’t be reimbursed for any expenses you’ve incurred for certification or anything like that, but otherwise you shouldn’t need to pay them anything. In terms of it affecting your future plans I guess that would just depend on whether you chose to put it on your resume or not. If you never quit the job you’re at now I don’t see why you’d have to put it on there, as you haven’t taught yet.

    • Educator

      Be ready to be persuaded why you need to stay in the program.

      • Educator

        On second thought. Since you haven’t started then you probably wouldn’t be considered someone who started the program and teaching, then dropped out. I think they’re pretty sensitive about having people drop out of the program…

      • quitter

        I’m a 2012 CM who’s quitting TFA at the end of the school year. The guilt trip I received from my adviser, coupled with the barrage of TFA dogma (“Really think about your vision! Re-focus and re-commit!” was enough to steel my resolve.

        I’m currently in the process of both putting together a piece about my horrible experience and (as of this week, anyway) avoiding my MTLD who is upset with me regarding some data!

        • Gary Rubinstein

          When you complete that piece, let me know and I’ll link to it (or maybe run it as a guest post)

          • quitter

            I’d love to share it.

            I’m filling out my end of year reflection guideright now and I decided to cut the b.s., so to speak and tell them the truth. Fair or not, I’m starting to feel superiorly guilty for how I performed and for not even approaching “transformational change.”

        • Caesar

          quitter, I’m a (former) 2012 CM who left earlier this year. When I resigned I gave TFA a description of my (horrific) experience and I regret it.
          I figured it would help them improve for the future but they just used it to attack me during my exit interview.
          There’s just no upside to doing it. They’ve heard it all before and the fact that they don’t make changes to the program should tell you how much they care about feedback.

  6. Educator

    My interpretation is that they’re trying to communicate that the regular 3-point line isn’t good enough in the U.S. anymore, because China and other countries have a more challenging 3-point line. We need to aim higher.

    But they don’t show that when we compare U.S. and China, they only use Shanghai scores, which is a tiny part of China. They also don’t show poverty, because that’s an excuse.

  7. Educator

    They also don’t use full sentences. Shouldn’t they use full sentences to reflect higher standards? Or do the common core standards now include phrases? Such as this one.

  8. Kelley

    Damage control. The ads came out right before the 3rd-8th grade tests so parents would understand why their kids were coming home in tears because they couldn’t finish the tests in the time given.

  9. Jim

    While Shanghai is no doubt above average for China you shouldn’t underestimate the average Chinese IQ. Even in the extreme western part of China the average IQ is above 100. In the coastal regions of China average IQ’s are probably close to the Korean-Japanese average of 107-108.

  10. Experts are coming forward and it looks like the standards are LOWER for CCSS. Here are some documents to check out: https://www.box.com/shared/hh72a91j19

    and

    http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/common-cores-standards-still-dont-make-the-grade/

    If people would do the research they would see that almost all of the positive feedback is coming from those PAID to tout its greatness. Gates has given funding to Achieve, National PTA, CCSSO, NGA, Education Week (which Gates owns), Foundation for Educational Excellence, Stand for Children, the League of Education Voters, the Center for Reinventing Public Education and the Partnership for Learning, all Common Core advocates!!

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