Blogger Mercedes Schneider has well researched and documented here and here that the initial working group tasked to develop and draft the Common Core State Standards was an exclusive and elite team of mostly inexperienced (classroom teaching) education “experts”.
As David Coleman’s A-Team was expanded, it is clear that new members outside the “inner circle” would play a supporting, rather than active role in the deliberations. A recent report by the New America Foundation contends that most colleges have not played a meaningful role or been actively involved in development of the Common Core State Standards.
A transcript of a speech given by Coleman during a 2011 meeting at the Institute for Learning reveals that as members were added to the group, open discussion and debate of the Standards was not expected or encouraged.
Participants were welcome to drop comments in the suggestion box, but pencils and erasers were in limited supply, and preferably checked at the door,..