|Reject government control of education|
After reading the letter last week from Wisconsin’s education Superintendent Tony Evers, in which he pleaded for support of the new and entirely unproven nationalized education system commonly known as Common Core, I was left speechless due to what is readily known about the Common Core State Standards Initiative.Therefore, I thought it would be beneficial to challenge several key points advanced by the superintendent, thereby affording parents, grandparents, taxpayers and everyday teachers the opportunity to employ a balanced approach toward developing an informed opinion regarding what is considered to be the fundamental transformation of education in America.
Evers stated, “Senate Bill 619 is a partisan takeover of the bedrock of schooling: the standards that describe what our kids should know and be able to do in each academic subject area.”
But most people are not aware that Common Core, in and of itself, is best described as a national takeover of what our kids will learn since the single set of K-12 national standards are not only being implemented in an overwhelming majority of public school districts throughout the country, but the standards were written by politically connected private interest groups predominately of the liberal, progressive persuasion from deep inside Washington, D.C.
In the big picture, local and parental control of our children’s education will incrementally become a distant memory due to the chilling fact that states adopting Common Core must accept and teach the national standards as written. And since standards drive curriculum, teachers will be utilizing educational materials either generally aligned or specifically tailored to the national standards.
Evers then states, “This bill would hand over what is taught in our schools to partisan politics . . . are we ready for our legislators to debate and legislate academic standards related to evolution, creationism and climate change when they take up the science standards?”
But when one considers that politically connected groups of a particular persuasion is indeed the perfect definition of partisan politics in the first place, does anyone really believe that an entirely objective perspective on evolution, creationism and climate change would ever make it into the classroom considering the players involved?
Evers continued, “During hearings conducted on the Common Core, we heard compelling tales about early results and the increased opportunities for all kids to succeed in college and career.”
Yet, the hearings were attended by an equal number of opponents as well. The most prominent being renowned education expert, Prof. Sandra Stotsky. As a member of the national Common Core validation committee from 2009-’10, Stotsky refused to sign off on the initiative. Speaking to reporters at the Fond du Lac hearing in October, Stotsky explained in detail that the validation committee for English language arts included not one English professor or high school English teacher and that those who attended were merely there to rubber stamp the already written standards. She warned, “Develop your own first class standards. You want first class standards, but you don’t have them in Common Core.”
Make no mistake as to why the most recent Gallup poll revealed that nearly two-thirds of Americans have never even heard of Common Core. Thus, I encourage all citizens to learn the inner workings of the strategy being implemented to shape our children’s minds by searching online, “Principal: I was naïve about Common Core” and “Stop the Common Core Video Series.”
Then, if concerned, tell Evers to get on board with the growing number of states and teachers rejecting government control over our nation’s most precious asset by supporting Senate Bill 619. Visit dpi.wi.gov/contact.
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|Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:21 AM|