Common Core started out as an idea. No one knew if it would work or not. To increase the odds of it “working” (measured by being adopted nationwide) an unprecedented but shrewdly calculated media campaign was launched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and numerous other testing and textbook companies and education reform groups.
In Louisiana, 6 months before the standards were even written and finalized, our state Board of Education, known as BESE, adopted the standards illegally by not following proper administrative procedures, without reviewing them, and without allowing the public to see them or review them.
Most of BESE, led by BESE President Chas Roemer of District 6, has lied to the public about the standards ever since.
Common Core State Standards were not developed by “the States”, they were developed by textbook and testing vendors led by Jason Zimba for math and David Coleman for ELA. Most teachers and academics consulted about the standards during the review process refused to sign off on them, because they were too confusing, not developmentally appropriate, not more rigorous, and contained serious gaps.
The standards were thrown together in about a year by a few people with zero prior experience writing standards, and never thoroughly and impartially reviewed before being implemented.
These are facts, look them up.
Rather than address the very real problems with Common Core, these companies and their allies have chosen to mock opponents with tinfoil hats, unicorns, straw man arguments and flat out lies.
They do this because they have no facts to defend their claims. No studies were done, no international benchmarks were taken, and the few academics they grudging included (and ignored) refused to sign off on the standards. There is widespread evidence that these standards are actually dumbing down our curriculum and making our students less prepared for colleges and careers. There is also widespread evidence that these standards are causing fear, anger and frustration among thousands of parents and students across our state, and millions across our county.
Many states, like Texas, have chosen to reject Common Core. Now other states that adopted it are getting out. Tennessee unanimously repealed common Core yesterday.
Yesterday, in a bipartisan vote, the Tennessee House of Representatives voted unanimously (97:0) to repeal Common Core. Today, the Tennessee State Senate followed with a (27:1) vote in favor of repeal.“This legislation is a template for all states to begin a much needed journey of separation from federally generated standards and an invitation to embrace each states’ own constitutionally delegated authority to serve its citizens at its own will,” said HB1035 chief sponsor Rep. Billy Spivey (R-Lewisburg). “As our founders and God surely intended.”
Indiana and Oklahoma have also repealed Common Core in favor of their own local standards. To be “State standards” they have to be created by, controlled by and owned by the state. Common Core standards are not. They are controlled by testing companies and textbook companies and owned by the NGA and CCSSO.
Don’t believe me? Try to change the standards and see how far you get.
Are all the legislators in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Indiana to be mocked and ridiculed, as you have us, by aligning yourselves with the folks that mock us with stuffed pink unicorns?Some of our legislators may have felt like they needed to jump on Lane Grigsby’s Pink Unicorn drawn clown wagon by refusing to allow Common Core to be brought to the floor for a vote or for debate last week. Don’t think we didn’t notice.
Legislators: We parents and voters are watching what you do, and what you don’t do now. You won’t be able to turn your backs on us and ignore us and walk away. We will come to your town halls. We will come to your offices. We will come to your fundraisers, ceremonies, dedications and speeches until your listen. When we see you on the street and in church we will ask you about them and what you intend to do to fix the mess that adopting these hastily defined standards has caused.
If you continue to cater to those who believe in unicorns and fantasy we will hold you accountable. . . and not just at election time.
If all it takes is stuffed toys to get you to bow to the will of a few special interest groups with too many dollars and not enough sense, prepare to be dazzled with a healthy dose of reality.
Crawfish are Real.
Crawfish are of Louisiana.
Our standards should be real and of Louisiana too.
Do you really think the federal government is the real solution for education, but just not anything else?
Now who’s living in fantasy land?