Gabriel Arana, a writer for Salon, shows how Common Core became toxic, but he misses a few crucial points.

He notes that there were few actual classroom teachers on the committee that wrote the standards, but in fact there were none. A few members had taught in high school, but in the past. None had ever taught in elementary school or middle school.

He notes that Bill Gates paid for most of the cost of the Common Core, but it is more accurate to say that he paid for all or almost all, somewhere between $200 million and $2 billion, depending on who is adding the dollars. Here is one audit. Here is another that puts Gates’ investment at $2.3 billion. And here is the Washington Post’s description of Bill Gates’ “swift revolution.”

He says that other nations have standards to define what students should know, and we don’t. True. He doesn’t acknowledge that low-performing nations have national standards, as well as high-performing nations. National standards do not assure high or equitable outcomes.

Too bad he didn’t check out Tom Loveless’s prescient article, in which he predicted that the Common Core standards would make little or no difference.

But at least Arana had the good sense to recognize that the uprising against the Common Core is widespread, not partisan, and is growing larger as teachers and parents see how the Common Core actually works.