David Coleman’s Stunning Admission


Whoa! David Coleman a self described revolutionary admits his group was not qualified to develop common standards. The speech was made at the 2011 Institute for Learning Senior Leadership Meeting. From Truth in American Education:

Then a stunning admission from David Coleman himself discussing his organization Student Achievement Partners whose founders (Coleman, Susan Pimentel and Jason Zimba) were leader writers of the Common Core State Standards.

“One is we’re composed of that collection of unqualified people who were involved in developing the common standards. And our only qualification was our attention to and command of the evidence behind them. That is, it was our insistence in the standards process that it was not enough to say you wanted to or thought that kids should know these things, that you had to have evidence to support it, frankly because it was our conviction that the only way to get an eraser into the standards writing room was with evidence behind it, cause otherwise the way standards are written you get all the adults into the room about what kids should know, and the only way to end the meeting is to include everything. That’s how we’ve gotten to the typical state standards we have today….

…I probably spend a little more time on literacy because as weak as my qualifications are there, in math they’re even more desperate in their lacking.”

I watched the video, right at the beginning Coleman says “You never tall the truth when you are introducing someone” this was followed by laughter. Well, I’m not laughing. We want the truth, what else are you hiding from us?

The National Governors Association and the Chief Council of State School Officers hired Achieve / David Coleman to write the standards. Ask yourself, why did they hire Coleman who admits he lacked qualifications to write the standards?

First thing to note is this is the chief architect of the Common Core English-Language Arts speaking.  That is mind-boggling.  The second thing to remember is that the Common Core State Standards represents data-less reform.  So what evidence is he talking about?

You can read the transcript of this rather disjointed speech here and watch the video below.

What Must Be Done in the Next Two Years from ifl on Vimeo.

Dr. Sandra Stotsky exposed Common Core’s Invalid Validation Committee, she and other education experts continue to sound the alarm, we must listen to those who have the qualifications and proven results, i.e. MA has historically done well on national tests and ranks high when compared to other countries. I’ll take Dr. Stotsky any day over Coleman. NC GA Study Committee, are you listening? Please take your job seriously and perform the due diligence the NGA and CCSSO failed to do.

This article was posted in Blog, News, Video by Netsmart on December 15, 2013 at 5:56 pm.

Comments (5)

  • WHOA!!!

    “One is we’re composed of that collection of unqualified people who were involved in developing the common standards.”

    LadyLiberty1885 Dec 16, 2013 at 7:22
  • Has anyone noticed how often this man uses the word”stupid” in his presentation???

    Donna Hulcher
    Donna Hulcher Dec 17, 2013 at 16:36
  • @Donna – yes, that along with the many digs towards our Texas citizens. He is a revolutionary, his words, not mine. I will continue to post other speeches as I find them. I found another long one but cannot bring myself to watch it yet. Why he gets so much praise is beyond me.

    NC Citizen
    NC Citizen Dec 17, 2013 at 17:00
  • The comments at about the 10 min mark really concerns me. He pretty much states that CCSS is all about the tests. What about learning?

    Ed Veracity
    Ed Veracity Jan 02, 2014 at 1:39
  • @Ed, you point is well made. Too much testing and not enough learning. We need to know more about who is developing the tests and the impact on the budget, if testing is all online, the technology budget explodes not just for implementation but ongoing costs. I’d rather use those dollars to pay for good teachers.

    NC Citizen
    NC Citizen Jan 02, 2014 at 16:51

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