To Common Core opponents, lead author David Coleman is Darth Vader. (A small sample of the kind of commentary you see is here, here and here.) But when I look at the same material, I have an entirely different response. So here’s what I would propose for someone who would like to get a flavor for the debate and maybe begin to form an opinion about the Common Core but doesn’t have the time for extensive personal research.
Look that this much-reviled video of Coleman speaking to educators gathered at the Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh a couple of years ago. Start at 6:50 if you want to skip Lauren Resnick’s introduction. Coleman speaks and answers a few questions for an hour. If you don’t have time for that, just dip into it in several places to get the tone. And, if you would rather, here is the transcript.
Then look at this video of Sandra Stotsky at a recent meeting in New Hampshire. Dr. Stotsky’s half hour talk starts at minute 37:00 and then she’s involved in a lot of the Q&A that follows. All the same time-saving strategies are available but, instead of a transcript, here is a recent post based on this video.
What do you think? Who is more persuasive?