A staggering 20% of students in New York opted out of Common Core testing this past year, but Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch thinks the state has finally figured out how to get around those pesky dumb parents.
Why, change the name of course!
Tisch said the state is toying with the idea of changing the name from Common Core to something like the Empire State Standards.
Via Democrat & Chronicle:
Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said Tuesday that the state is “toying with” a possible name change for a revamped Common Core, the set of more-stringent education standards that has sparked often-contentious debate in school districts across New York.
In an interview with public radio’s “The Capitol Pressroom,” Tisch said the name of the standards is among the things being discussed by the state Education Department as it reviews the Common Core under new Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.
Tisch insists that renaming Common Core wouldn’t be the sole change to the disastrous standardized testing program, but citing other states, later hinted that other changes would merely be ‘tweaks’ and that the program would remain largely intact.
“Other states have reviewed these Common Core standards, and here is more or less what’s happened: They have tweaked in a couple of areas, but they haven’t changed them,” she said. “What they did do, however, is they changed the name of them.”
Tisch blamed “politicization” for Common Core getting a bad rap, and offered a couple of name suggestions that would surely trick parents into embracing the program.
“There is so much politicization about those words – ‘Common Core,’” Tisch said. “So we can call them the Empire State Standards, or New York’s Higher Standards. If you call them something different and you make appropriate adjustments addressing some developmental questions, I think those are all appropriate things to do.”
Empire State Standards? Where would she have gotten such a brilliant idea from? Perhaps from our friends in Florida, who came up with the same plan to fool people into accepting Common Core, even adopting a similar naming with their ‘Sunshine State Standards.’
It won’t work. Opt outs this coming school year will likely exceed 20% in New York, regardless of the name given to Common Core standards.
Glyn Wright, executive director of the Eagle Forum, recently told Fox News, “Even under a different name, the Common Core Standards are still mediocre, at best, and continue to put American students at a significant disadvantage to their international peers.”
He added, “Rebranding the Common Core does not change the fact that it is still a top-down, federally controlled approach to education.”
“We know that Americans will not be fooled by dressing-up this failed initiative.”
Tisch and Elia however, believe New Yorkers will be fooled.