"I pose the questions to you today: If not standards, then what? A free-for-all? Everyone does what they please? No common base? No common method to look at what they're doing? ... The implementation of the common core in New York was absolutely an embarrassment; we were testing before we were teaching; the materials were not developmentally appropriate. That being said, we have an opportunity."
Magee is absolutely right. The roll out of the Common Core in NY State was an "embarrassment" of grand proportions. And, as we all know and can easily agree, we never had standards before the Common Core was handed down to us. In fact, in delving into my archives, I discovered a picture of our planet pre-Common Core, barren, desolate, dry of ideas and pathetically "standardless."
The Educational Landscape Pre-Common Core:
Common Core made civilization possible. Now, look how far we have come.
Civilization as it Stands Today, Many Thanks Owed to the Common Core:
Here are some pro-Common Core testimonials to further prove my point: