April 7, 2015 Print

How are children best educated? It’s a topic of endless debate, as parents try to find the best schools and educational methods for their children. Options in the United States have become increasingly constricted, though, by the widespread adoption of Common Core throughout the nation. Pioneer Institute, an Atlas Network partner in Massachusetts, has long been a critic of Common Core standards, questioning their quality, cost, and legality. They argue that the adoption of Common Core leaves Massachusetts students with weaker standards and less educational diversity, and that a single organization is largely responsible for pushing it through.

“In 2010, Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester relied on reports from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Achieve Inc. and the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education to rationalize his recommendation that the commonwealth replace its top-notch English and math standards with weaker national standards known as Common Core,” write Pioneer Institute Senior Fellow Charles Chieppo and Center for School Reform Director Jamie Gass in a new commentary for the Boston Herald. “The three organizations had one thing in common: All were funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has invested more than $200 million in developing and selling Common Core.”

The authors point out multiple conflicts of interest at play with organizations simultaneously touting the effectiveness of Common Core and receiving such lavish funding from the program’s architects.

“If it’s true that sunlight is the best disinfectant, then it’s critical that we expose the web of Gates-funded players that continue eating away at the already eroding credibility of Common Core and the tests aligned with it,” the authors conclude.

Read the full Boston Herald commentary, “Gates’ money at Core of support.”

Explore Pioneer Institute’s Common Core toolbox and research.

Watch “Setting the Record Straight on Common Core.”