Suggestion: Don’t Get All Your Information About Common Core From Fox News.

PolitiChicks.comIn many ways, Fox has proven they have a bias for big government controlling education in their reporting (or more accurately, non-reporting) of the Common Core.

As the network supporting Jeb! it’s sort of a no-brainer, really. And don’t forget that Rupert Murdoch, head of Fox News corporation, also created Amplify, a company awarded with $12.5 million from the Common Core testing consortia to develop formative Common Core tests to be in a digital library for teachers.

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“Common Core was started by governors and state education officials as a way to set standards…” If you start your report off with this sentence, you might be in the bag for Common Core. Funny they use that line to make it sound good when, if you are paying attention, you know that the governors and state education officials have no right to create a program to set standards in the first place.

This statement was made by Fox’s Chris Wallace in his Power Player of the Week segment on his weekly show. He did a totally fair report showing how Common Core is actually being tested to see how well it’s working. It’s being tested by a woman named Laura Slover. But is Laura Slover a third party with no interest in anything but seeing if Common Core is working for our children?

Not so much.

Slover is the CEO of the PARCC testing consortium, or Partnership for Assessing Readiness for College or Career. One of two non-profit testing consortiums for high stakes, standardized testing that go hand in hand with the Common Core.

In other words, without Common Core, the testing consortiums would not exist.

Let’s look at what Ms. Slover has to say.

  1. If you raise standards kids will meet those standards.
  2. The tests ask kids to do more than fill in bubbles.
  3. Common Core is state driven.

Well, there’s all the rhetoric we as Common Core opponents have ever heard about the tests coming from a plethora of Common Core supporters.

Fox even goes so far as to showcase some politicians that don’t agree with the Common Core. For example, Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana who ushered the Common Core in but has recently “changed his mind.”

Slover said she is having her child take the test because she wants to make sure she is learning, can do math and is at reading level.

I’m assuming that Ms. Slover is smart, in some way, otherwise how would she become the CEO of a big corporation? Wait, wait…Obama is a community organizer who became the leader of the most powerful nation in the world and we know how that’s working out, so never mind!

Point being that Ms. Slover should know that the test’s ability to measure with accuracy the intellectual development of her child is about as the bathroom scales telling me how to lose weight. The measurement tool is only that, telling an interested party a one dimensional answer about a 3 dimensional problem.

Slover goes on to say that for too long in this country we have measured success by how much money their parents make or what area they live in. She’s interested in social justice is what comes to mind, here.

Wallace does throw us a bone in the end by stating whether or not this is heading in the right direction remains to be seen but as anyone with open eyes and discerning attitudes knows, Fox News is in the tank for Common Core.

Watching Fox News and listening to the CEO of PARCC talking about the effectiveness of Common Core is like listening to a door to door vacuum salesmen’s opinion on whether or not your carpet is clean.

Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey's articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey's article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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