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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Arne Duncan Talks NFL into Adopting Common Core Strategy. A Brilliant Satire.

Satire on talking the NFL into adopting Common Core alignment. 

And here you thought this administration only wanted the NFL to support the Affordable Health Care Act.  What would you say if Arne Duncan approached the league to support Common Core?  

John Viall's article, NFL Adopts Common Core Playbook--Copying Education Reform,  should be in The Onion.  It is a satire on what Common Core really means for public education. Imagine how professional football would look with the same structures in place that public educators are following.

Here's a snippet:

“We believe with this system in place every player can succeed,” the Commissioner added. “By 2020 we believe every player in the league will be proficient in blocking, tackling and pass catching.”
“Are you saying that a new playbook—nothing more than diagrams on paper—will magically change the game?” a representative of local television station WJLA wanted to know.

“From now on every quarterback will be calling the same plays,” Goodell replied. “In other words, all of them will play like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

“Even Mark Sanchez?” asked a dubious correspondent from the New York Post.

“That’s the beauty of the Common Core Playbook,” Duncan explained. “We draw up new standards—kind of like we said we would do under No Child Left Behind—but this time the standards really work, because I promise they will. After all, I’m really smart. Did I mention that I went to Harvard? See: all the running backs run the same plays and all succeed the same way, because the coaches don’t try to design their own schemes.”

“Naturally, all defenses will be set up in the same way,” the Commissioner added.

Read more here.  Even a basketball player like Duncan should appreciate the ludicrousness of Common Core standards and having all children learn the same things at the same time for the same guaranteed outcome.  It won't work in sports and it won't work in American classrooms, regardless of what this Common Core aligned football generated lesson would have you believe. 

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