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Carol Burris to CEO of ExxonMobil: “Leave Our Children Alone”

This is preposterous! The CEO of a corporation that deliberately misled our nation for over a decade wants to tell educators how to prepare students for the workforce of the future. I hope that “telling the truth” is one of the ideals employees of the future will aspire to.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Carol Burris, experienced educator and Executive Director of the Network for Public Education, reacted to the article in Fortune about corporate support for the Common Core. Her message to CEO Rex Tillerson: “Leave our children alone.”


Burris wrote a personal letter to Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil. Tillerson was quoted in the Fortune article, complaining that American schools turn out “defective products.” For unknown reasons, he is convinced that the Common Core will fix those “defective products” (i.e., students) and make them “college and career ready.” Why does he think so? Well, important people say so, and that’s proof enough for Rex.


Burris’ message to Rex: leave our children alone. They are children, not products.


She writes:


Your Dickensian thinking has been “outed” and this holiday season, you are as welcome as the ghost of Christmas past. The common-folk for whom the Core you…

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