A reader asks an important question:
Born on the cusp of the New Math, where I first got catechized in the Old Math and then had to learn the New Math in order to help my succeeding siblings through their homework, I am the survivor of more national curriculum reforms than either fashion of Math taught me to count.
But the one thing that distinguished all those Old Style reforms was the question of who was in charge of reforming the curriculum. No matter how much textbook publishers may have had their hands in the till and their thumbs on the scales, it was the professional educators who mainly ran the show.
That is the main thing that no longer holds true today, and that is making all the difference.
Professional educators need to quit fussing over the red herrings in this current kettle of fish. Curing the Common Core will not happen unless the professionals who still have a clue what education is start asking who has now captured control of the ever-continuing process and start taking control back from those who know nothing but how to cash in on other people’s bees-wax.