Common Core a government power grab

May 5, 2013 by

CommonCore205x300Unfortunately, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s recent op-ed (“Students need challenge of Common Core standards,” last Saturday) only parroted false talking points about national Common Core standards.

Common Core represents the worst of both political parties: Big-business crony capitalism and big-government progressivism.

The public process for adopting education standards through the State Board of Education was completely bypassed. Per the Ohio Revised Code, our state school board is supposed to prescribe and develop standards, curricula and assessments organically, with local input and actual teachers, not relinquish that responsibility to unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats or well-funded DC special interests.

Ohio was granted $400 million from the feds, but today state legislators are left holding the bag to fund a costly program about which they know nothing. Ohioans pay nearly $7 billion for K-12 education each year. That $400 million is a drop in the bucket compared to the costs of wholesale replacement of textbooks, training and technology infrastructure for testing and data mining.

Bush said, “Common Core standards will challenge students to read critically, write extensively and solve real-world math problems at greater capacity.” Yet, members of Common Core’s own validation committee refused to sign off on the Math and English Language Arts standards because they put our kids at least two years behind those of other industrialized nations.

These standards call for no algebra until high school and a 50 percent slash in classic literature to be replaced with “non-fiction informational” reading. Regardless, the best standards in the world aren’t worth ceding local control of our kids’ education.

Another serious concern is the data mining designed to track 400 points on every student from “ cradle to career.” Not just academic information to be shared with other schools, but all types of information that may be shared with the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services and Labor, as well as outside for-profit entities who may want to market to our children.

The expanding movement to roll back Common Core is fueled by folks on both sides of the aisle. Traditionally, a national one-size-fits-all approach to education has yielded the very opposite of high standards.

Ohio lawmakers and education officials need to stop the funding and implementation of Common Core, roll up their sleeves and develop standards organically instead of imposing this top-down approach.


Ohioans for Education Freedom

via Common Core a government power grab | The Columbus Dispatch.

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