Bill Gates is heavily invested in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). However, CCSS is in trouble. Even US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan isdesperately trying to save them.
Forget the students and teachers. It’s the Standards that the likes of Gates and Duncan wish to rescue.
Gates/Scholastic CCSS Survey Result ”Early Release”
In order to promote the image of CCSS as being embraced by teachers, Gates has partnered with Scholastic to produce the 2013 version of Gates education survey, Primary Sources. Even though the survey isn’t ready yet for release, Gates has decided to publish an “early release”, a report based upon the part of the surveyfocused on teachers’ views of CCSS.
Of course, this early release presents positive results:
Teachers support CCSS.
Never mind that Gates’ partner in this survey project, Scholastic, has taken $4.5 million from Gates to “support teachers’ implementation of the Common Core State Standards in mathematics.”
If CCSS goes bust, Scholastic loses money.
In releasing a partial survey result, Gates is clearly attempting to rally support for CCSS. I mean, it sure does sound good to say, “We surveyed 20,000 teachers nationwide, and they know about and want CCSS.”
I do not normally write posts based upon partial survey results. Releasing a partial result bespeaks an agenda to speedily influence an issue. I like to see the entire