Our process started with a discussion of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. We asked participants to answer the question, "Why do you oppose the CCSSI?" From there we methodically discussed the various points of common opposition and their nuances in an attempt to discover our alliance and our limitations. Our goal was to construct a clear and concise statement of what we oppose and support about current education reforms in an attempt to form a succinct message that could cut across the political spectrum and reach the majority of American parents, teachers, and students. Our hope is that the work we have completed here will be a message that Stop Common Core efforts nationwide can endorse and utilize.
Considering the fact that the CCSSI is currently the most prominent education reform taking hold in our nation, our first discussion asked members to tell us their thoughts about “Why they oppose the Common Core.” When the discussion was completed we analyzed the comments and boiled it down to common themes ranked by the number of times they were mentioned and “liked”. The top ranking themes became our starting point for discussion boards that helped to define our alliance.
Each discussion summary was saved until we completed the points of discussion phase. During this phase, we constructed two or three paragraph summaries of the discussions and then put these paragraphs to the whole group to revise. When we finalized the wording we put it forward to a group vote for agreement. This body of information was used to pound out a tag line as quick and catchy as "college and career readiness," and a clear and concise statement of opposition and our rationale behind these statements.