My LWV Speech and Debate of Common Core
On Thursday, November 21, 2013, I had the opportunity to speak to members and guests of the Baton Rouge group, Leaders With Vision, regarding my experience with and research writings on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). My speech and debate partner was retired St. Tammany teacher and fellow blogger/activist Lee Barrios. Barrios and I debated against two individuals who support CCSS: Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) Vice President for Public Policy Stephanie Desselle and Stand for Children (SFC) Parent Leader Wiley Brazier.
Each of the four of us were allowed seven minutes to speak. Barrios spoke first, then Desselles. I was third (minute 23 in the youtube video below), and Brazier closed. After each of us spoke, we addressed audience questions for the next hour.
If you are able to devote an hour and a half to watching the debate, it is very interesting and enlightening (a smidge of “tongue in cheek” here) from start to finish. However, if you have limited time, you may wish to skip to the hour mark and watch Desselles talk about the “tens of thousands of educators” involved in developing Common Core and Barrios’s subsequent rebuttal.
Another interesting, briefer view involves watching Barrios’ opening speech (she spoke first) about ten errors of CCSS then forwarding to 1:18:30 to hear an audience question asking Desselles to rebut Barrios’ ten errors. (Desselles accuses “a union” of “planting” the question.)
I was able to speak a few times. The event was definitely worth my while, and I appreciate Leaders With Vision inviting me.