Now, as we all know, Bill Gates paid over $2 billion for the Common Core standards. They are supposed to be the linchpin of a coordinated system: standards, tests, teacher evaluations based on test scores, school closings, turnarounds, etc. but a funny thing happened on the way to the millennium. Parents and educators got angry. Some hated the tests. Some hated the standards. Some hated the federal takeover of their public schools. A few states said they would drop the standards.

The Gates Foundation decided the best way to calm the protests was to slow down the implementation. Here is the story in the New York Times.

This afternoon, on one of my rare outings while I recuperate from surgery, I was sitting in the car outside the fish market, when I got an email from reporter Motoko Rich of the Times. She asked what I thought of the moratorium. This is the last quote in the story:

“Some critics of the standards and testing said that a moratorium was not enough.

“If the sanctions and punishments tied to test scores are wrong now — promoting teaching to the test, narrowing the curriculum, cheating, and gaming the system — the sanctions and punishments will still be wrong two years from now,” Diane Ravitch, an education historian and critic of standardized testing in schools, wrote in an email. “The opposition to high-stakes testing will not go away.”