WASHINGTON, D.C. – Teachers of the Year from around the country will converge on the Rose Garden at the White House today to watch President Obama crown one of their own the “National Teacher of the Year,” selected from four finalists amongst their ranks.
The four finalists are Dorina Sackman (Florida), Sean McComb (Maryland), Ryan Devlin (Pennsylvania), and Melissa Porfirio (Virginia), who have already been selected as state-level Teachers of the Year.
The National Teacher of the Year Program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), which authored the Common Core Standards and owns their copyright. So the authors of Common Core choose the state and national level teachers of the year.
Teachers must apply for the state-level awards after either nominating themselves or having someone else do the honors. Applicants must then complete an extensive written application, write multiple essays, and jump through political hoops in front of interview committees in order to be considered for their shiny titles and thousands of dollars in cash and prizes, just like the governors did, in 2010, when they sold out their states’ control over education in exchange for cash and prizes when adopting the Common Core.
To compete for the national award, each state-level winner must complete yet another round of applications, write multiple additional essays, and complete yet another political fan dance in front of a National Selection Committee stacked with 15 Common Core acolyte groups, including the National Education Association (NEA), which have received a combined $21 million from Common Core advocate, Bill Gates, to push for the implementation and success of the Common Core. There is also a strong union representation on the selection committee.
Of the four finalists for the 2014 award, none are non-union and at least three have strong Common Core ties.
Two finalists, Sackman and McComb, are Advancement Via Independent Determination (AVID) teachers. AVID is a “college readiness” program, steeped in the teachings of multiculturalism with a social justice/equity bent, favored by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. AVID impacts over 700,000 students in more than 4,800 schools across the country, including students from elementary through higher education.
The AVID program is strongly aligned to the Common Core and its shared philosophies on education.
“We feel strongly that the Common Core Standards are the ‘what’ and AVID strategies are the ‘how’,” claims the AVID website.
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Another finalist, Devlin, is a technology teacher who helped write Pennsylvania’s Common Core Curriculum for English Language Arts, according to his bio on the National Teacher of the Year’s website. He was also on an advisory committee that helped guide the Pennsylvania Department of Education on its implementation of the NSA-like student data suctioning systems, as well as the implementation of the teacher evaluation system that links suctioned student data to teacher performance in his state.
This new type of teacher evaluation system will be used as the enforcement arm of the Common Core to digitally keep tabs on any teacher who is “going rogue,” or going off script, by teaching kids to think for themselves rather than parrot back the Common Core approved positions.
So with the four finalists for National Teacher of the Year we have two advocates for Common Core’s social justice/equity component, one advocate for the data suctioning component of Common Core, and four who will definitely represent the teacher unions.
That leaves parents, their children’s chief educators, to continue advocating for their children against the Cult of Common Core. I’m sure there was a conservative, non-union, anti-Common Core, student focused, parental rights teacher whose application for National Teacher of the Year just happened to slip through the cracks. Or perhaps that teacher was too busy focusing on students in his or her classroom to apply for a shiny title and prizes, including a paid year away from those same kids to travel the country.
The lucky winner of the award will spend the next year on paid leave from their school so they can advocate on “behalf of the profession of teaching and teachers.” Do you think the Common Core group that chooses the National Teacher of the Year would ever choose an anti-Common Core teacher to represent them at the state level, much less the national level?
We have already seen past Teachers of the Year on television commercials, in newspapers, and in front of legislatures professing their support of the Common Core, using the same tried-and-true scripts smattered with the talking points “more rigorous,” “critical thinking,” and “college and career ready.”
Let’s hope that when the next National Teacher of the Year, and his or her state-level counterparts, advocate for the Common Core machine, they always offer the disclaimer that they were chosen and financed by the very Common Core group (CCSSO) that wrote the standards and owns their copyright.
I have a feeling that if they don’t, some anti-Common Core Mama Grizzlies will be there to do it for them.