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Sunday, February 22, 2015

When Will Studies Prove Immigrants are Coming to America for the Core?

If you, yourself, have been Common-Core aligned, you probably look upon data and the possible misinterpretations associated with it with a certain degree of reverence.  The above is an immigration chart for the United States, 1821-2000.  You may note some interesting points.  First, there is a spike in immigration in the 1840s.  Here, we can point to an Irish Potato Famine as well as a failed revolution in Germany. 

There is another dramatic spike in the first decade of the twentieth century, the Great Wave.  Many of these immigrants came from Southern and Eastern Europe.  They, too, were most likely driven by  conditions they faced at home, including difficult economic times, political intolerance and major pogroms.  

There have been more recent increases in immigration, some of it done illegally.  It begs the question why the increase in immigration?  I will tell you why, using all my Common-Core aligned skills.

It is clear to me that the cause must certainly be educational reform in the United States.  People come to the U.S. because NCLB gave them hope.  RttT kept the promise alive.  These immigrants want nothing more than the chance to take our standardized tests.  They crave the Common Core.  

How do I know?  Well, imagine I have a formula very similar in stature to the one that proves teachers are responsible for the poor test performance of students.  It's a Value Added Migration (in this case Immigration) model.  Also, you can imagine I am relying upon numerous studies undertaken by Gates-funded immigration institutes. 

Moreover, look at the illegal immigration patterns of the previous year.  It is primarily children from Central America (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) who risk detention centers to reach our schools.  In the last fiscal year, 52,000 children were apprehended as they illegally crossed the border.  You might think they come because of threats of gang violence, abuse or a more permissive U.S. policy for immigrant children.  You might have thought it was dire poverty or the promise of political freedom that drives the immigrants of today, as in the past.  I am here to tell you that you are wrong.  They come for Common-Core aligned standardized tests.  Happily, there is more than enough for everybody.  

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