ONE PERSISTENT CITIZEN PATRIOT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
“One Persistent Citizen Patriot Can Make a Difference”
by Donna Garner
THE MORAL OF THIS STORY
The moral of this story is that one private citizen can make a difference if he is well-prepared, persistent, and can articulate his concerns with clarity.
Henry. W. Burke is a citizen of Nebraska and has advocated since 1997 for good English / Language Arts / Reading (ELAR) standards. He has testified before the Nebraska Board of Education (NBOE) numerous times. Each time, Mr. Burke has “done his homework,” prepared a written report, and shared the main points in his oral testimony.
OCTOBER 4, 2013 NBOE MEETING
On Oct. 4, 2013, Mr. Burke spoke for five minutes to the Nebraska State Board of Education, urging them not to adopt the Common Core Standards. He succinctly articulated the reasons why the state should avoid the Common Core Standards.
(Please go to the following link, click on “October 4, 2013 Board meeting, and move the marker to 3:39 to hear Mr. Burke’s short but persuasive comments. The marker bar will appear at the bottom of the screen if you click there. — http://www.education.ne.gov/StateBoard/Video_Archives.html)
Thankfully, the Board chair announced right after Mr. Burke’s presentation that Nebraska had no plans to put the Common Core Standards on the agenda.
NOVEMBER 8, 2013 NBOE MEETING
On Nov. 8, 2013, Mr. Burke once again spoke before the Nebraska State Board of Nebraska – this time addressing his recommendation that Nebraska use the Texas English/Language Arts/Reading (ELAR) standards as a framework. He presented a statement from the Texas Education Agency which said that the Texas standards are not copyrighted; the TEA also provided a helpful guide that summarized the curriculum standards adoption process.
(Please go to the following link, click on “Nov. 8, 2013 Board meeting, and move the marker to 4:10 to hear Mr. Burke’s short but persuasive comments — http://www.education.ne.gov/StateBoard/Video_Archives.html)
Here is the link to Mr. Burke’s 11.8.13 testimony that he distributed to the Board:
DECEMBER 6, 2013 NBOE MEETING
On Dec. 6, 2013, Mr. Burke again presented a 10-minute report to the Nebraska State Board of Education in which he referenced the problems with the present Nebraska ELAR standards and encouraged Nebraska to utilize the helpful ELAR standards and the curriculum standards adoption process used in Texas.
(Please go to the following link, click on “Dec. 6, 2013, and move the marker to 9:20 — http://www.education.ne.gov/StateBoard/Video_Archives.html)
From what has been stated by Nebraska education leaders, it is quite likely that the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) will choose to revise the existing ELAR standards. The NDE and the State Board of Education will perform this work in the next few months.
THE MORAL OF THIS STORY
The moral of this story is that one private citizen can make a difference if he is well-prepared, persistent, and can articulate his concerns with clarity. We look forward to seeing what kind of ELAR standards the Nebraska Department of Education and the Nebraska State Board of Education will produce. We know that if these state officials set their minds to the task, they can produce new ELAR curriculum standards that will far surpass the Common Core Standards.
OTHER HELPFUL REPORTS BY HENRY W. BURKE
11.16.13 – “Bias in School Lessons: Common Core’s Global Warming” — http://www.educationviews.org/bias-in-school-lessons-common-cores-global-warming-countered-by-henry-w-burke/
9.5.13 – “State-Specific Common Core Implementation Costs” — http://educationviews.org/state-specific-common-core-implementation-costs/
[*The costs for state implementation fall squarely on the shoulders of a state’s taxpayers. If you need to know what the Common Core implementation costs will be for your state, please e-mail Mr. Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org. He has produced individual state reports for each state that has committed to the Common Core. In your request, please indicate the name of your state. Mr. Burke does all of this work free of charge simply because he is a citizen patriot.]
10.17.12 – (Updated links on 9.6.13) — “Non-Common Core States Will Save Millions of Dollars” — http://educationviews.org/non-common-core-states-will-save-millions-of-dollars-2/
10.15.12 (updated links on 8.29.13) – “States’ Taxpayers Cannot Afford Common Core Standards” – http://educationviews.org/states-taxpayers-cannot-afford-common-core-standards-2/