Brad McQueen, a former Common Core insider and current public school teacher in Tucson, has exposed another dirty little secret of the Common Core machine: the authors of the Common Core Standards are the ones who choose the teachers who get the title, "Teacher of the Year."
Writing for EAGnews.org, McQueen exposes the Teacher of the Year program as a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) -- the very organization that authored the Common Core Standards. He explains that this is why every time a pro-Common Core teacher appears in commercials or in front of legislators advocating for the educational system, they also have "Teacher of the Year" behind their names.
Of them, McQueen says:
They are not exactly the non-partisan, objective teachers advocating for their profession to the public at large that they profess to be.
As an example, McQueen uses current National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau of Washington, saying he is on paid sabbatical from his high school while he travels the country as a "spokes-bot" for Common Core.
Another example is West Virginia Teacher of the Year Erin Sponaugle. She writes commentaries for local papers claiming "fear is driving much of the opposition to the Common Core."
McQueen also cites the Common Core group Achieve as using the Teacher of the Year program to "sell Common Core." Their "Teachers of the Year Support Common Core" page includes stories from around America of examples of the "successes" of Common Core. Achieve says a majority of teachers support the Common Core -- an "erroneous claim," says McQueen.
McQueen says teachers that are against Common Core are not offered the same chance at Teacher of the Year as those who are pro-Common Core. But as McQueen, or any good teacher would say:
Most teachers around the country are humbly and quietly living 'teachers of the year' every day in their classrooms. They don’t have the time or the egos to chase a shiny title or prizes.