NY Common Core Debate: Dissecting Pro-CC Petrilli and Martin


On September 9, 2014, Intelligence Squared hosted a debate on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which it entitled, Embrace the Common CoreThe title is based upon the position that the organization assumes on the issue.

In this post, I consider CCSS support connected to the Intelligence Squared debate as well as address given statements by both pro-CCSS debaters. The post is long, yet I cannot address all without going on at book-chapter length.

First, for some perplexing CCSS support results connected to this debate.

CCSS Support in the Studio Audience: Who Were Those People?

Since Gates funding is behind at least one of the Intelligence Squared sponsors (NPR)– to the tune of approximately $18 million in the form of 11 grants— the pro-CCSS position of the Intelligence Squared program was no surprise. However, in contrast to the declared Intelligence Squared position, the public survey on the Intelligence…

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