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Common Core a needed measuring stick

In a discussion with NBC special correspondent Tom Brokaw at the Education Nation Summit in New York this week, ExxonMobil’s Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson helped cut through the fog surrounding the Common Core State Standards to discuss why they are important to our nation’s future.

Rex stressed that addressing our nation’s educational challenges begins with being able to measure progress accurately:

If you can’t measure outcomes, then I don’t know how you’re going to address where your deficiencies are. That’s the reason we are such a strong proponent of the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, because it does give us a common way to measure outcomes from state to state to state. … You cannot improve any system if you do not measure it against a consistent standard.

Improving the system is up to the individual states and local school districts. The Common Core lays out the standards that students should be expected to meet. The discretion in how to educate students in order to meet those standards is left to parents, teachers, administrators and other officials at the state and local levels. They are given the widest latitude without interference from the federal government.

Rex and Tom Brokaw touched on a variety of educational issues, including the challenge of making the STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering and math – exciting to new generations of students.

Check out the whole discussion here:



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  1. John Shepard says:

    Mr. Cohen, I thought I’d share another online article with you: “The Educational Bonanza in Privatizing Government Schools” (The Objective Standard) by Dr. Andrew Berstein: http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/issues/2010-winter/privatizing-government-schools.asp

    With respect to Mr. Tillerson’s support for Common Core, may I ask, if nationalized education is so good, is such a good idea, is proper, what would Mr. Tillerson think of the government nationalizing all energy production, including ExxonMobile? Couldn’t the same arguments that he makes in support of Common Core be made just as well for complete socialism in America?

  2. John Shepard says:

    Another recommendation, Mr. Cohen: “Why Businessmen Need Philosophy”: http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=objectivism_nonfiction_why_businessmen_need_philosophy (There’s information about the book, a compilation of essays by Ayn Rand and other Objectivists, on the linked page.)

    The title essay by Dr. Leonard Peikof, “Why Businessmen Need Philosophy,” can be read in full here: http://atlasshrugged.com/articles/why-businessmen-need-philosophy/

    I noticed that the link for Dr. Harry Binswanger’s article, “The Dollar and the Gun,” one of the essays included in the book but also available online as well, is broken; however, his essay is available here: http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=arc_harry_binswanger_the_dollar_and_the_gun

  3. John Shepard says:

    Mr. Cohen, I thought I’d share another online article with you: “The Educational Bonanza in Privatizing Government Schools” (The Objective Standard) by Dr. Andrew Berstein: http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/issues/2010-winter/privatizing-government-schools.asp

    With respect to Mr. Tillerson’s support for Common Core, may I ask, if nationalized education is so good, is such a good idea, is proper, what would Mr. Tillerson think of the government nationalizing all energy production, including ExxonMobile? Couldn’t the same arguments that he makes in support of Common Core be made just as well for complete socialism in America?

  4. John Shepard says:

    Another recommendation, Mr. Cohen: “Why Businessmen Need Philosophy”: http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=objectivism_nonfiction_why_businessmen_need_philosophy (There’s information about the book, a compilation of essays by Ayn Rand and other Objectivists, on the linked page.)

    The title essay by Dr. Leonard Peikof, “Why Businessmen Need Philosophy,” can be read in full here: http://atlasshrugged.com/articles/why-businessmen-need-philosophy/

    I noticed that the link for Dr. Harry Binswanger’s article, “The Dollar and the Gun,” one of the essays included in the book but also available online as well, is broken; however, his essay is available here: http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=arc_harry_binswanger_the_dollar_and_the_gun